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Wildcats start season with loss, win

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HCHS boys' Golf

By Greg Woods

sports@hclocal.com

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The Henry County Wildcat boys’ golf team got off to a rocky start with a loss at Trimble County on Aug. 12, but came back for a victory over Gallatin County last Thursday.

Trimble County 205 HCHS 206

The Wildcats traveled to Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Bedford for the match of the season and found the hilly course difficult.

The Raiders chose to hold the match on the back nine and the Wildcats had never seen that part of the course and struggled with many blind tee shots.

“The course was rough,” Coach Steve Galyon said. “There were a lot of lost balls because the course had not been mowed properly. But this works both ways. They were probably used to playing on a course like that. Our kids are spoiled playing at the Henry County Country Club where it is maintained so well.”

Isaac Klempner led the way with a 48 for the Wildcats. Alex Hadden shot a 50 while Dustin Love had a 53. Jakob Beckley rounded out the team scoring with a 55.

“Several of our players didn’t play well,” Galyon said. “We got off to a bad start there last year, but we actually shot five strokes better this year than last. Wins and losses are secondary to us. The most important thing is getting better every week. If we stay focused and work hard, wins will come when we improve.”

HCHS 193 Gallatin 228

Returning to their home course worked wonders for the Wildcats as they shaved 13 strokes off their score from the Trimble match.

Klempner, a seventh- grader, again led the way with a 44. Hadden, the Cats’ other 12-year-old, carded a 45 while Beckley improved by eight strokes to 47. Love had a 57 to round out the team scoring for the Cats in their first win of the year.

“I think our scores were down in this match because the kids took the mistakes they made at Trimble and worked hard on Wednesday to correct them,” Galyon said. “We lose many strokes around the green with our chipping and putting. We’ve worked hard since July on getting that part of our game better, but now that we are playing matches the kids see where their weaknesses are, they are taking practice a litlle more serious.

“We’ve had some matches changed and canceled on us in the next two weeks so we will have more practice time to get better. Look for scores to continue to drop. Last year we dropped scores for seven straight weeks. That is the kind of improvement we hope for this year.”