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Boys' golf misses a chance

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School boys' golf team missed a chance when they lost to one of the region's top teams in Boyle County on Thursday at Rosewood.

"I was disappointed because we had a golden opportunity to upset a Boyle County team that has won two tournaments this year and is considered the second best team in the region," Knights Head Coach Freddie Leathers said. "Both teams struggled tonight and it seemed that both teams were looking forward more to the long weekend than the match."

Brian Loper hit his stride, shooting 39 for the match and leading the Knights. Joseph Elder was close behind with a 40 while Taylor Brady shot a 41. Korey Hundley finished with a 48.

The Knights were four strokes off of Boyle, losing 164 to 168 on their home course.

"It was nice to see Brian Loper return to good form," Leathers said.

On Tuesday the Knights fell to Danville during a tri match at Danville Country Club.

Joseph Elder finished with a 37 while Taylor Brady was one stroke off with a 38. Brian Loper finished with a 40 while Korey Hundley had a 44.

Danville shot a match low 149. Marion County shot a 159 to edge out Richmond Model, which finished with a 179.

"Danville has beaten us twice in tournament play so the loss wasn't a big surprise, but I thought our golfers hit the ball much better than last week and that is a good sign that we are returning to good form.  We had a couple of strange bounces that created a lost ball situation and penalty for Brady and Loper. Without that bad luck we would have made the away match very close," Leathers said.

The Knights resume play Thursday against Bethlehem at Maywood. The varsity travels to Louisville Saturday to play in Pleasure Ridge Park's Invitational at Sun Valley Golf Course.