After opening their season with a loss to Trimble County on Aug. 13, the Henry County Wildcats boys’ golf team roared back with a 192-196 win over Gallatin County.
Alex Hadden, who shot 40 and took individual honors, led the Wildcats. Isaac Klempner was the second lowest scorer in the match with a 47. Jakob Beckley shot 52 followed by Robbie Cruse with a 53. Dillon Allen, the Wildcats fifth player, shot 55.
“It was great to see Alex and Isaac play like they’re capable,” coach Steve Galyon said. “Isaac can beat that score and will. The rest of the team will improve as we go along. We’re losing too many strokes around the green. I think it’s a matter of concentration. We’re not taking enough time to read our putts and we’re rushing things. We need to learn to relax when we get on the green and read the breaks. We’ve got kids three-putting too many greens. Some are even four-putting – missing two-foot putts. We can’t do this and compete.”
The Henry County boys’ golf team opened the season at Trimble County on Aug. 13 and fell to the Raiders 186 to 211.
The Wildcats had an off day to start the season as few of the players shot near their usual scores.
Alex Hadden, Robbie Cruse and Jakob Beckley led the way with scores of 52 while Dillon Allen shot a 55. Tyler Tingle and Isaac Klempner shot 56 and Conor Lyons shot 63.
Galyon was puzzled by the team’s performance. “We just had too many players pick the same day to have a bad round,” he said. “Robbie Cruse did well for his first match and Jakob Beckley cut a couple of strokes off what he’s been shooting.”
Monday, the Wildcats faced a tough Shelby County team in Shelbyville and lost 159 to 192. Hadden led the way for the Cats with a 43. Klempner was second with a 47. Allen improved from his previous matches to shoot a 50 and Cruse rounded out the scoring with a 52. Beckley shot a 55 but did not figure in the team score.
“We tied our low score for the season, but obviously when you go against a good team like Shelby it’s not enough,” Galyon said. “Dillon dropped five strokes from the first two matches but still struggles around the green. We played from the blue tees which added distance and probably brought Alex and Isaac’s score up a few strokes. As a team we have to do better at chipping and putting. I’m pleased with our effort off the tee, but golf comes down to the short game. Shelby is a very good team with their top golfers shooting under 40. They could make some noise in the region.”