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The Anderson County High School boys' golf team continued to show why a state tournament berth should be in its grasp with a second-place finish in the Garrard County Invitational, held Saturday at Dix River.
The Bearcats' 310 team score was six strokes behind Lexington Catholic. Sixteen teams competed in the tournament.
Individually, Tyler Harrod led Anderson with a 3-over 74, good for a fourth-place tie. All four of Anderson's scores were below 80.
"I love the way this group continues to work and grind on every shot and on every hole," Anderson coach Jim Beward said. "We are happy with the finish but know that we have yet to shoot our best round."
Beward added that some parents of opponents complimented the team "about the way out young men compete and the way the guys interact with their opponents. It clearly demonstrates how good this group really is and underscores how lucky I am to get to interact with them on a daily basis.”
Anderson slips past Scott County
Anderson showed, again, why it is a team to be reckoned with when the Bearcats slipped past perennially strong Scott County, 159-160, at Wild Turkey Trace last Thursday.
Even though the Bearcats did not play their best, according to coach Jim Beward, they were able to get a win against a perennially strong team that includes last year’s Mr. Golf, Billy Tom Sargent.
The Bearcats seemed to be in good shape heading into the final three holes, but faltered in the stretch. It took a 12-foot birdie from sophomore Jordan Morgan on the final hole to give Anderson the win
Sargent, a Western Kentucky commit, shot a 37 last Thursday, but he was bested by Harrod by one stroke.
“I am proud of the way Tyler Harrod went shot-for-shot with Sargent,” Beward said. “After a couple of off rounds, he has been medalist in the first two conference matches and has put himself squarely in the conference Player of the Year race.
Bearcats sweep Collins
The Anderson County boys' golf team opened Central Kentucky Bluegrass Conference play with a 147-149 win over Collins last Tuesday at Wild Turkey Trace.
Harrod led the Bearcats with a one-under 34 as Anderson posted its lowest 9-hole score of the past two seasons. “He played his best golf of the season to date,” Anderson coach Jim Beward said.
Sophomore Jordan Morgan followed Harrod with a 37 as all five Anderson golfers scored 38 or under.
Brandon Sanner paced Collins with a 35.
“(An) excellent and close golf match,” Beward said. “When we throw out a 38 for nine holes and they throw out a 40 for nine, you know that both teams are playing extremely well. Some clutch putting by all of the guys meant the difference in this match. Collins came off the bus ready to play and gave us everything we could have handled.
The Anderson junior varsity had a bit easier time, winning 163-180.