Williamstown drastically improved its team score from 226 the last time Henry County was pitted against the Demons to a 184 last Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Henry as the visiting Wildcats came away with a three-stoke win, 184-181.
The week before, Henry shot its best team score of the season with a 173 against Carroll County on its home course. The 181 is right in range with the regional championship less than a week away.
“We defeated a much-improved Williamstown team,” Henry’s coach Steve Dent said afterwards. “It was a total team effort.”
Playing at Eagle Creek Golf Course, Garrett Black led Henry with a 42 for nine holes. Matt Ricketts shot a 45, while Glen Raisor, Michael Wilson and Michael Stewart shot a 47 each. The scores from the top four golfers were added to get the team results.
Also, Henry played a junior varsity match against Williamstown in conjunction with the varsity players, sweeping the Demons with another victory. The younger Wildcats were led by Trent Lucas, at 48, and Nathan Paris, who shot a personal record of 54.
With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, Henry’s varsity team is 6-3-1 and its JV team is a perfect 6-0. The Wildcats played their final match Monday at Sugar Bay Golf Course, and will start post-season action at the 6th Region tournament this Monday. The top two teams from each of the 12 regional tournaments will advance to the state tournament, along with the top four individuals from each region that is not on one of the qualifying teams. The state tournament will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Bowling Green Country Club.
Henry has already celebrated one of its best seasons in a while. The Wildcats finished runners-up at the North Central Kentucky Conference championships two weeks ago, which also gave them second-place honors in their first-ever 8th Region All “A” Classic Tournament.
Henry missed a NCKC title and qualifying for the statewide All “A” tournament by just one stroke, but played its best tournament of the season. And Black, a freshman, advanced individually. At state, he shot a 99 on a tough course to finish in the middle of the pack.
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