The Cats had improved over the first weeks of the season, going from shooting in the 190s to shooting in the low 180s, but the trend ended against the Raiders on Sept. 10.
“It was a little setback today,” coach Steve Galyon said. “Team scores have been coming down every time so you expect it to happen when young players are learning.
Alex Hadden led the Cats with a 42, while Dillon Allen had his best round of the year with a 44. Isaac Klempner shot 52 and Jakob Beckley rounded out the scoring with a 53.
“Dillon really came on strong today,” Galyon said. “His chipping and putting were really on. He hit a couple of 20-foot putts today.”
HCHS 215 Gallatin 200
The Wildcats’ scores skyrocketed at Sugar Bay Golf Course in Gallatin County where they played their worst match of the season.
Hadden again shot 42 to lead the Cats. Isaac Klempner shot 52, Robbie Cruse 58 and Dillon Allen 63 to round out the scoring for the Cats. Jakob Beckley played as the Cats’ fifth golfer and also shot 63.
“We played bad, that’s it,” assistant coach Steve Allen said. “We had a tough stretch this week; 18 holes Saturday, nine holes yesterday and then went on the road for nine more in 90-plus heat. I’m sure the guys are tired after that. They’ve put a lot of pressure on themselves to play well and shoot certain scores.
“They’ll get some rest and be back home Monday and I’m confident they’ll be ready to play. They just need to get back to focusing on one swing at a time and their scores will be back. These guys are too good and work too hard to stay down.”