HC ties Gallatin with 180

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

After nine holes Thursday at the Henry County Country Club, the host Wildcats and Gallatin County were both sitting with an even 180. With a playoff hole needed to decide the outcome, and daylight quickly running out, the two squads decided on a tie.

“Our players came out and shot exactly what I was hoping they would. I thought they played really well,” said Steve Dent, who had to miss the match due to a golf coaching conference. HCHS Athletics Director Todd Gilley filled in as the coach.

Coming into the showdown, Henry had a goal of 180 and finished right on target. Michael Wilson led the Wildcats with a 41, and was followed by Michael Stewart with a 45, Matt Ricketts with a 45 and Garrett Black with a 49. Also, the junior varsity team, led by Ryan Stewart and Nathan Paris, beat Gallatin’s JV squad, 167-191, on a shortened course.

Just two days earlier, Henry opened the week after the three-day weekend with a 164-191 loss to Walton-Verona at the Henry County Country Club. The shorthanded Wildcats were playing without two of their top five golfers — Black was sick and Ricketts had a pulled leg muscle — which led the the higher-than-normal score. Wilson shot a 40, Michael Stewart shot a 46, Trent Lucas shot a 50 and Glen Raisor shot a 55.

This Saturday, Black will play in the All “A” Classic Boys’ State Golf Tournament, held in Richmond.

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