GOLF: Bearcats take third in Flyer Classic

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By John Herndon

The Anderson County boys' high school golf team placed third in the Flyer Classic, hosted by Franklin County on two different courses last week.

The Bearcats finished with a two-day total of 634, eight strokes behind second-place Franklin County. St. Xavier won the tournament championship with a 595.

A team's top four individual scores were compiled over 36 holes with the results totaled at the end of the tournament. Lee Robinson led Anderson with a 147 (74-73), while Nick Wilson tallied an 83-76 for a 159 total.

The first 18 holes were played at Frankfort Country Club last Monday, with the final 18 holes played at Lexington's Griffin Gate course the following day.

“Starting in the last grouping, we overtook Dunbar and gave Franklin County a run for second before ending in third,” Anderson coach Jim Beward said of Tuesday's round. “We shot our best 18-hole round of the early season with a 311 and three players in the 70s.

Robinson's final score was good enough to tie for fifth place overall.

Nick Wilson fired a 76 on the final 18 while Tyler Harrod came home with a 78 that day. Beward said his team “really approached the back side with good thinking and equally good execution.”

Beward added that Wilson's final nine holes were his best of the season.

Beward, however, was most pleased with what his team did upon its return from Griffin Gate. “While 311 is a very good score,” he said, “the players want to go lower yet and continue to look for ways to improve. As soon as we got back from Lexington, four of the varsity players headed back to Wild Turkey Trace to work on their short games. That just shows how committed this team is to the season and to the goal of making it to Bowling Green (for the state tournament).”