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By John Herndon
A bizarre end to a nine-hole match and a strong tournament finish highlighted the week for the Anderson County boys’ golf team as they hit the mid-point of the high school season.
Last Wednesday, the Bearcats thought they had lost, then realized they had won a match against Collins at the Shelbyville Country Club.
“After finishing in the dark, we thought there was a tie and Collins had won on a scorecard playoff,” Anderson coach Jim Beward said. “Upon further review, one of our scores that had been counted as a 47 turned out to be a 44. As a result, we won the match, 179-182.”
Despite the win, Beward was not overly happy about the Bearcats’ play on the tight Shelbyville course.
“It was a victory in name only,” Beward said. “While it counts on the ledger as a win for us, we did not play well at Shelbyville Country Club again. Nobody’s play stood out and I can’t remember any shots other than a first-hole birdie by Brayden Nicholson that stuck out as bing noteworthy.
“I was disappointed in the team’s play and I told them loudly so on the bus trip back to Lawrenceburg – moreso because I thought we had lost.
“Some of them wanted to argue that we were not last year’s team and that I shoul not have high expectations for them. Of course, I rejected that position out of hand and told them that I had high expectations for them because of what they are capable of doing.”
Saturday, the Bearcats responded with what Beward called “their best round of the season at Tates Creek, another house of horors for us.”
While many Anderson teams have faltered on the Lexington course, the current Bearcats placed eighth in a 21-team field, shooting a combined 316, eight strokes behind tournament winner, Adair County.
Zachary Toles led the Bearcats, finishing tied for second with an even-par 72, one stroke behind Sayre’s Chris Saad.
“Zachary’s performance earned him another bundle of all-state points and may have put him closer to the Top 20 who earn all-state honors,” Beward said.
While Toles had a big round, Beward said the rest of the team was solid.
“The team responded to Wednesday night’s bus challenge and, maybe, turned a corner from the self-belief standpoint.
Kirby returns to team
Senior Mitch Kirby, who had played in earlier years, rejoined the team last week.
Kirby, a senior, will join the Army after graduation and had attended boot camp in the summer. He was to rejoin the Bearcats this week.
“I am really excited about Mitch’s return,” Beward said. “He called me from boot camp asking if he could come back to the team and saying that he really wanted to play. How could I possibly turn down someone who has been serving our country and is preparing for a stint in the armed services?
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