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Anderson County placed fifth in the boys' Central Kentucky Conference golf tournament, held Saturday at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown.
Two Anderson golfers, juniors Lee Robinson and Tyler Harrod, we're named to the all-conference team, based on average scores. Anderson was the only school to place two golfers on the All-CKC first team. Others on the all-conference team are Peter Saad of Sayre, Jacob Cook of Franklin County and Scott County's Billy Tom Sargent.
Harrod played a hot round Saturday, leading the Bearcats and finishing fourth overall with a 75 on the par 72 course.
"Having two junior players earn all-conference first team honors says much about our program moving forward," said Anderson coach Jim Beward. "Both Lee and Tyler have worked very hard this season and this honor is much-deserved. Knowing that both will be back next year is a great plus for our program.”
Robinson, who was in the running for the conference's top individual honor, shot an uncharacteristic 89 for the day.
"I really wanted Lee to play well because he could have earned conference player of the year had things worked out. But better to have that bad day happen now than in September. While the individual are a great reflection for the program, the main goal is still to be playing at Bowling Green Country Club (site of the state tournament) in October.”
As a team, Anderson finished fifth at the CKC Tournament, shooting a 339 team score, 28 strokes behind Sayre, the tournament champion. Sargent won the individual honors, shooting a 3-under 69.
In addition to Harrod and Robinson's score, Anderson came in with Nick Wilson shooting an 85 and Gabe McMichael carding a 90. Zachary Toles also competed, shooting a 94, which was dropped.
“We had way too many big numbers,” Beward said. “Each player had at least two double bogeys or worse. Instead of limiting our damage, one bad hole invariably turned into two or three and made it impossible to recover. We did not think our way around the course as we should have. We need to improve our course management and figure out how to play 18 holes of consistent golf.
“Our conference matches show we are capable of playing good golf over nine holes. We now have to learn to put that together over 18 or 36 holes. Fortunately, we are still a month away from the regional tournament and I am confident things will come together.”
In an earlier tournament, the Bearcats placed 14th out of 21 teams in the Commodore Classic at Tates Creek Golf Course in Lexington on Aug. 18. Anderson fired a 333 with Harrod coming in at 78 to lead the team. Robinson shot an 83 while Wilson fired an 85 and McMichael shot an 87. Josh Brown shot a 92 but was dropped.
It was Anderson's second 18-hole event of the season, one that Beward said showed improvement but showed the Bearcats still have a long way to go.
“I think the players walked away knowing that improvement was still necessary but that they could compete with the kinds of programs that are going to be in Bowling Green.”
Last Tuesday, the Bearcats defeated Western Hills 158-160 in a match held at Juniper Hills in Frankfort. Robinson shot a one-under 34 while Harrod carded a 40 to lead the Bearcats. McMichael's 41 and Wilson's 43 rounded out the Anderson scoring.
Beward said the Bearcats did a good job with their pitching and chipping on the day.
The junior varsity also beat Western Hills, 172-191, to move to 5-0 on the year. Sophomore Chris Sea and junior Trevor Morgan led Anderson with a 38 and 39, respectively.
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