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HC boys golf opens with Shelby tourney

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By Greg Woods

 sports@hclocal.com

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The Henry County Wildcat golf team made their 2017 debut in the Rocket Invitational held at Weissinger Hills Golf Course in Shelbyville Monday.

The Wildcats played against a field of high caliber golf teams and made a respectable showing with sophomore Alex Hadden shooting 74 to earn second place. A bogey on his final hole left Hadden one stroke short of forcing a playoff for first place.

Sophomore Isaac Klempner shot 78 to finish in eighth place, Senior Luke Kent shot 97, sophomore Tyler Massey shot 104 as did eighth-grader Maddox Klempner.

The Wildcats had a total team score of 353 which was good for seventh place in a field of 16 full teams.

Lexington Henry Clay finished first with a score of 308, Scott County was second at 322 and Lexington Lafayette shot 332 to finish third.

Collins finished fourth, Spencer County was fifth and Shelby County finished just ahead of the Wildcats with a 351.

The Wildcats finished ahead of Mercer County, Anderson County, Bullitt East, Holy Cross, Ashland, Jackson County and East Jessamine.

HCHS Coach Ben Roberts thought the team could have played better but realizes that it is still early in season.

“I wasn’t thrilled with how we played but it was a big tournament with a lot of big name schools,” Roberts said. “This was a good eye opener for us to see where we are and where we need to go. It also showed that we can play with any of these teams. We need to just keep practicing and grinding. It’s the start of the season and we have a long way to go.”

While Hadden and Klempner’s scores were impressive for sophomores, Roberts thinks they can do better.

“Alex and Isaac had good scores but I know their potential and they can be at the top of the leaderboard in any tournament that we play in,” Roberts said. “But I’m proud of the guys. They don’t mind working hard to get better and they will.”