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Wildcats finish fifth in NCKC; Hadden makes all-tourney team

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The Henry County boys’ golf team traveled to Fairview Golf Course in Wheatley on Sept. 24 to play in the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament and finished fifth with a score of 386. Walton won the tournament with a score of 324.

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Sixth-grader Alex Hadden, who shot an 87, finished tied for 11th place to make the all-tournament team. Jacob Poore of Walton was the top individual with a 75.

Isaac Klempner was second for the Cats with a 95, Jakob Beckley had a 99 and Robbie Cruse shot 105. Dillon Allen shot a 111 as the Cats fifth golfer.

Coach Steve Galyon thought the team left some room for improvement. “I was a little disappointed with our team score,” Galyon said. “Two weeks ago at home, we shot 22 strokes better. That would have placed us better than fifth place. Going in I was not as concerned about our place as I was our scores. We can’t control what other teams do. The only thing we can control is how we play.

“It’s frustrating for me as a coach, and I know it is for the guys as golfers, to know that they can do so much better. At tournaments like this one and the region you want to do your best. This wasn’t our best.”

Galyon praised Jakob Beckley who usually plays as the Cats’ fifth golfer. “I was really pleased with Jakob’s play,” he said. “He shot his best round of the year. Had it not been for a 2-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball he would have had a 97. A 99 is a great score for him and it was our third best score of the day. Steve Allen, our assistant coach, played a round with him the day before the tournament and worked on his drives. It really paid off and Jakob did a great job. Steve has been a valuable asset to the team.”

Final team results for the NCKC tournament:

1st Walton 324, 2nd Owen County 326, 3rd Carroll County 346, 4th Trimble County 375, 5th Henry County 386, 6th Gallatin County 407, 7th Williamstown 591