Best score in three years for HC boys' golf

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By Tommie Kendall

After the Henry County boys’ golf team shot an impressive 176 against Whitefield Academy last Tuesday night, coach Steve Dent was hoping that match would be a springboard to an even better performance two days later at Owen County. He was right.

The Wildcats, who have continued to improve as the season progresses, finished with a surprising 165, the best score the squad has shot since Dent took back over the program three seasons ago. Michael Wilson led the way with a 36 for nine holes, Glen Raisor shot a 42, Trent Lucas a 43, Garrett Black a 44 and the Cats came away with a 165-177 win over a team that beat them by a couple of strokes at the North Central Kentucky Conference Championship a few weeks earlier.

“I’ve had this group of guys for the last three years and this was the best we have ever shot,” an excited Dent said. “Not just this year, but it was our best score in three years. I could not have been more pleased.”

Two days earlier, against Whitefield Academy at the Henry County Country Club, the Wildcats came away with a 176-187 loss. But it was a much improved outing from the first time the two schools played when Whitefield won 174-216 on Aug. 17. The gap shrunk from 42 strokes to just 11.

Lucas shot a 44 for nine holes, Matt Ricketts a 45, Wilson a 46 and Trent Whitaker a 52. Heading into their match, the Wildcats had the goal of less than 190, which combines the scores from the first four golfers.

“That was a real positive note, and I think it got the boys thinking they can do much better than they originally thought when we started the year,” Dent said. “It was a good motivational match for us heading into the Owen contest.”

After two of their better matches this season, the Wildcats have a tough test this week with three matches. They hosted Carroll County on Monday, traveled to Gallatin County on Tuesday and host Louisville Collegiate this Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

“I really think the boys are seeing they have the skills to play against anybody,” Dent said. “It’s just building the confidence where they can go out and play like they’re capable every time on the golf course.”

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