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SAMPLER: Bearcat golf drops first match of season

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Harrod continues strong individual play

By John Herndon

Lexington Sayre stunned previously unbeaten Anderson County, taking a 153-156 win over the Bearcats in a boys' golf match held Tuesday at Tates Creek Golf Course in Lexington.

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Anderson turned in what was easily its weakest performance of the year and suffered its first loss in a dual match this season.

“I was not happy with our performance,” Anderson coach Jim Beward said. “Four guys at 40 or above against any opponent is a recipe for defeat.”

Senior Tyler Harrod was Anderson's only entry scoring under 40 over the nine holes. Harrod turned in a 35, marking the third straight match he has been at par or better. “He is the early leader in the (Central Kentucky Bluegrass Conference) Player of the Year race. I am pleased with his play and he is being contacted by college coaches interested in his services.”

Otherwise, the Bearcats were all off their games as Lee Robinson and Zachary Toles both carded 40s while Nick Wilson and Jordan Morgan shot 41 and 42, respectively.

“Sayre made key shots at the right times and we did not,” Beward said. “We had nine 3-putt greens and had a lost ball on the opening hole.

“The demeanor of the kids coming off the bus indicated that they were not ready to play. That showed on the course.”

Beward and the Bearcats have been pointing to a date in the state tournament at the end of the season. Every match or tournament up to Tuesday's clunker had pointed toward the Bearcats being able to do that.

“This could be a defining moment for this team,” Beward said. “It will be interesting to see how they handle this first bit of adversity so far this season. Great teams defnin themselves by how they react to adversity. We've been knocked down.”

The Bearcats were to have returned to Tates Creek on Saturday for the Tates Creek Invitational. Read about that tournament in the Aug. 28 edition of The Anderson News. Anderson is back on the links on Thursday, Aug. 29, hosting Western Hills at Wild Turkey Trace.

 

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