Capping off an impressive 2009 season that saw the Wildcats finish with strong performances down the final stretch, Henry County High School finished 16th at the Sixth Region golf tournament last Tuesday on a cold and windy day.
The top two teams advanced to the state tournament, along with the top three individuals not on a qualifying team. Henry’s top four golfers finished with a 406, which placed them ahead of Jeffersontown at 417, Waggener at 417 and Moore at 578.
Henry’s head coach, Steve Dent, could not be reached for comment afterwards but said his team was on pace to have one of its best outings before the Wildcats left for the Seneca Golf Course last week. He was hoping his players would average in the 90s for the 18 holes — they averaged 101.
“Because we’ve done so well over the last couple of weeks, we have our goals set high for regional,” Dent said. “We want all of our golfers to shoot in the 90s for 18 holes. And if we can do that, then we think we’ll place very well.”
Henry’s squad was composed of Michael Wilson, Trent Lucas, Matt Ricketts, Garrett Black and Glen Raisor — the top-five averaged scores in 2009.
Individually, Justin Thomas of St. Xavier won the tournament with a 1-over-par 73, while Parker Page of Ballard was second at 75, Taylor Riggs of Oldham County was at 76, and Taylor Thompson of Louisville Collegiate and Tyler Hardison of Christian Academy were at 77 each. Page, Riggs and Thompson advanced to state individually — Thompson and Hardison had to play a playoff hole for the third spot.
St. Xavier, who has won 17 state team titles including last season, won the team title with 309 points. Trinity also qualified for state with a 323. Rounding out the top five were Ballard at 325, Christian Academy at 325 and Male at 331.
As for Henry County, the Wildcats finished what was an impressive season. They were third at the North Central Kentucky Conference Championship, shot a 165 for nine holes — their best team score in at least three years, and won most of their matches in the second half of the regular season. Dent said he was very pleased with his players in the closing weeks.
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