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Henry Co. boys’ golf finish regular season with win

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By The Staff

Sports editor

The Henry County boys’ golf team capped off their regular season with a Walton-Verona victory last Wednesday and was given a forfeit win over Seneca on Thursday before turning its attention to the Sixth Region Tournament.

It was the end to what coach Steve Dent said was an impressive regular season. Heading into the regional tourney, he said the Wildcats were on pace to have one of their best outings ever. Region was held at Seneca Golf Course in Louisville all day Tuesday.

“Because we’ve done so well over the last couple of weeks, we have our goals set high for regional,” said Dent, whose team has come on strong down the final stretch. “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.”

There was expected to be 16 teams participating with the top two advancing to the state tournament, along with the top four individuals not on a qualifying team. Henry’s squad was composed of Michael Wilson, Trent Lucas, Matt Ricketts, Garrett Black and Glen Raisor — the top-five averaged scores in 2009. The top four golfers count in the team standings.

“We’re looking at some good things for region,” Dent said before his team left for the Louisville trip. “The boys feel comfortable on that course because all five of them have played there before. We’re hoping to use that to our advantage.”

In their final match of the regular season, the Wildcats defeated Walton-Verona 176-185 last Wednesday on Walton’s home course. Ricketts shot a 41 for nine holes, Wilson a 44, Lucas a 45 and Black a 46 as the Cats brought back to New Castle the nine-stroke victory.

“I thought we did a very good job on a sloppy course,” Dent said. “There was no rolling with the ball that day. We played smart, stayed in the center of the fairways and did a great job.”

The Wildcats were scheduled to host Seneca at the Henry County Country Club the following day but the match was canceled when Seneca only had three golfers, which gave Henry the forfeit win. The stormy weather that swept through the area would have canceled the match if Seneca was eligible to play.

The Sixth Region Tournament started at Seneca Golf Course at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and was expected to last most of the day. Check next week’s Local for results.

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