Henry County High School freshman Garrett Black became the first golfer in school history to play in the boys’ All “A” Classic State Golf Tournament when he took on some of the best small-school golfers from across the state at the Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond Saturday.
Black had to deal with a hot and muggy day, along with a very tough course, and finished with a 99 for 18 hilly holes. His goal was to break 100, which he bettered by one stroke during a slow-played tournament.
“According to what our goal was, he did okay,” Henry coach Steve Dent said. “Obviously, we would have liked for him to get lower, but it was a good day for him considering the circumstances.”
Originally, Dent thought the players would play from the Blue T — used for most high school boys’ games. But when Dent and Black arrived Saturday, they found out they would be shooting from the Black T — typically known to be used by the professionals. It added almost 600 feet to the 18 holes.
“That’s when we decided to break 100 would be a good score,” Dent explained.
Jared Flanery of Elliott County won the state title with a 70, wile Chase Carrico of Owensboro Catholic finished second with a 71, and Chandler Fischer of Lexington Christian Academy, David Snydor of Somerset and Matthew Anderson of Monroe County tied for third with a 72 each. Chris Cook of Trimble County — the other player to qualify from the 8th Region along with Black — finished in the middle of the pack with a 92.
In the team standings, Lexington Christian Academy won with a four-person score of 304, and was followed by Somerset with a 314. Walton-Verona, the 8th Region representative, finished 10th with a 338.
Henry, as a team, competed in two other meets last week, setting a season’s best score both times out. The Wildcats defeated Williamstown (175-226) last Monday and Carroll County (173-219) Thursday — both games at the Henry County Country Club.
“I was extremely happy with those scores,” Dent said. “We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing — getting better as the season goes on. I’m also extremely pleased with how the boys are competing against each other, which is pushing them and helping the entire team do better.”
Against Williamstown, Matt Ricketts shot a 42, Michael Wilson shot a 43, and Glen Raisor and Michael Stewart shot a 45 each.
Against Carroll, Wilson shot a 41, Ricketts shot a 43, Raisor shot a 44, and Black and Stewart shot a 45 each.
The Wildcats next match will be Wednesday at Williamstown at 4:15 p.m.
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