The Henry County boys’ golf team juggled its lineup last week, losing two players and picking up another to leave the young but improving squad with eight golfers on its roster as the season continues.
Trent Whitaker broke his foot in an accident away from the greens and will be out for the rest of the season and Jarred Singleton decided to focus his attention on soccer, while eighth grader Nathan Paris has recently joined the team. With the new addition, and the scores of four golfers combined to get a team score, Henry can now continue to play varsity and junior varsity matches — a big plus, coach Steve Dent said.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Dent said. “Paris joined the team last Monday and played an excellent match for us a few days later.”
In Henry’s lone varsity match last Thursday at home against Trimble County, the Wildcats came away with a 186-173 loss on a sweltering, hot day. Matt Ricketts led Henry with a 43, and was followed by teammates Michael Wilson with a 44, Michael Stewart with a 49 and Glen Raisor with a 50.
“I was happy with the scores,” an upbeat Dent said. “The boys played as hard as they could considering the heat. It affected everyone’s score and we had to work really hard to keep them hydrated.”
The two teams also played a junior varsity match in conjunction with the varsity players, with Henry coming away with a 219-239 win. Trent Lucas led the younger Wildcats with a 49.
The JV team also played a match against Walton-Verona at home the day before, where they finished with a 197-201 win. Ricketts shot a 47, Lucas shot a 48, Raisor shot a 49, Ryan Stewart shot a 53, and the Wildcats came away with the four-stroke victory. With some early-season JV wins, the young Cats look to have a promising future.
The Wildcats will be back on the greens again this Thursday when they travel to Cardinal Hills in Bedford for the 8th Region All “A” Classic Tournament.
This will be the first year Henry County High School has been eligible to play in the All “A” in any sport since 1999, and the first time the Wildcats will play in the golf tournament. The top team will advance to the All “A” State Tournament, along with the top five golfers not on a team. T-off of the regional 18-hole tournament is set for 1 p.m.
“We’re really looking forward to playing in the All ‘A’ Classic,” Dent said. “Hopefully we’ll get some fans out to support us.”
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