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Both the boys and girls golf teams will have a lot of building back to do from last season. On the boys side, the team last year won over half of their matches and finished in the top 10 in a couple of tournaments, although they did not play well in the regional tournament. However, three of the top five guys graduated last season, with the team losing some talented seniors. Joseph Elder will be missed, as well as Blair Gorley, who now plays at St. Catharine College, and Aaron Hamilton.
So for the 2012 golf season, Head Coach Chad Spalding is looking for the only senior, Casey Lee to play well, who Spalding says is much improved from last year. Spalding looks for Logan Medley to most likely be the most consistent player on the team. Spalding also mentioned that younger guys that will be first year varsity players, such as Evan Dye and Trevor Burchell, have been playing well right now. He says that Mason Gadberry and Ryan Thompson are playing for the fifth spot on the team.
Last season, the girls golf team had a great season, winning most of their matches and the regional tournament, where the entire team went to play in the state tournament. However, they are losing 75 percent of the team this season, losing Amy Brown, Olivia Carrico and Taylor Howard to graduation. Brown will be playing for Lindsey Wilson College.
This season, the girls golf team will be made up of only two girls, Brianna Reynolds and Emma Thompson. Reynolds returns from last year's regional championship team, and Spalding says she is much improved. Thompson will be splitting time with golf and band.
Spalding and Assistant Coach Jason Simpson hope to improve on overall team scores and focus for 18 holes during tournaments for the 2012 season.
"Golf is a tough sport mentally so we are really going to try to focus on the next shot, not the previous one," Spalding said.
The golf team will host their annual tournament on Sept. 15 at Rosewood Golf Club, where 20 teams are lined up to compete in this event. The regional tournament will be played at Lincoln Homestead in Springfield this year.
The golf team has competed in three competitions so far this 2012 season, traveling to Cumberland County on Monday of last week and Taylor County last Thursday. Last Saturday, the team competed in the Taylor County Invitational. In the event in Cumberland County, the team total score was 361. Casey Lee led the way for the Knights by shooting an 84. Logan Medley closely followed with an 87. Evan Dye and Trevor Burchell shot a 94 and 96, respectively, while Ryan Thompson shot a 115.
According to Spalding, the team scored 176 in the tri-match with Campbellsville and Taylor County. Taylor County closely followed with a 178, and Campbellsville scored 213.
"I was proud of Trevor Burchell in his effort that day leading the team with a 42," Spalding said.
In the Taylor County Invitational, the team finished in 14th place overall by shooting a team score of 366. Casey Lee once again led the way for the Knights as he shot an 89. Lee was followed closely by Casey Lee who shot a 90. Evan Dye and Trevor Burchell shot a 92 and 95 respectively while Mason Gadberry shot a 104. The golf team will be back in action tomorrow as they head to Danville.