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Highs and lows

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By Jesse Osbourne

Due to a reporter's error, last week's boys golf results were inadvertently left out. Those results can be found in this story.

A week after recording their lowest score in school history, the Marion County High School boys golf team shot a season high 332 in the Tates Creek Invitational.

"It wasn't our kind of golf course. We're looking forward to next tournament," boys golf Head Coach Freddie Leathers said.

Tates Creek's tight course left several teams scrambling, unable to control the ball.

"Tates Creek is not a course where you hit your driver much. It's tight and has sloping greens," Leathers said. "It's just a golf course where you need to be straight and not long. A lot of our guys hit a lot of distance, which can get you in trouble at Tates Creek. It didn't surprise me that we didn't play well... Golf is an up and down type of sport. Just like Tiger, he can be beatable and unbeatable. (Heath) Slocum, who's ever heard of him? But he played good today to win. I'm hoping this is our low and we'll hit the high point later in the season."

Tommy Carrico led the way with a 78. Brian Loper had an 84. Joseph George and Taylor Brady had an 85. Blair Gorley, who played in Joseph Elder's absence, shot a 96.

Earlier in the week the Knights obliterated Bethlehem High School at Rosewood Golf Course. It was the first home match of the season for the Knights.

The Knights easily dispatched Bethlehem 156 to 200.

Joseph Elder led the Knights for the first time this season with a 37. Joseph George and Taylor Brady posted 39's. Brian Loper had a 41 and Tommy Carrico had a 42. Blair Gorley shot a 44. Ben Bradshaw had a 52 while Brooks Divine had a 53. Logan Medley rounded out the golfers with a 62.

The Knight's continue match play on Thursday against Danville at Danville Country Club.

The Marion County High School boys golf team came out firing at the Garrard County Invitational last Saturday. They shot the best score in school history and placed fourth overall in the tournament.

Taylor Brady was the low man with 74. Brian Loper had a 75 while Joseph George had a 77. Tommy Carrico had a 79. Joseph Elder, whose score did not count toward the team total, had an 81.

Boyle County won the tournament with a 299, which came as a shocker because the Knights have beaten them in tournament play before. Scott County, who Leathers thought might win, came in second with a 300. Corbin finished third with a 303.

Hole number 17, a short par four, would be a killer for the Knights. Two players double bogeyed the hole and knocked the Knights out of contention.

Marion County also won their match against Adair County last week at Adair County. 

"We won the match but I think we could have played better. You hate to be picky and not happy about a win. I think the boys were also disappointed," Leathers said.

Marion County won by a slim two strokes, 153 to 155.

Tommy Carrico finished with 37 while Joseph George had a 38 and Taylor Brady had a 39. Joseph Elder had a 40 and Brian Loper finished with 41. Ben Bradshaw rounded out the match with a 54.

With their win, Marion County improved to 7-1 in match play.

On Monday of last week, the Knights fell to region favorite West Jessamine at Maywood in Bardstown.

West Jessamine led all teams with a 155. Marion County finished out second with 166. Taylor County was third with 174 and Nelson County finished last at 199.

Despite one blemish, Leathers was overall pleased with the progress the team has shown.

"They're starting to understand that they've got a chance to be a real good team," Leathers said. "I don't have to call practice. They work on their own. I think the kids have their heads on straight. We have two good senior leaders with Carrico and George. Other kids see them working and work harder too. It's nice to have that kind of senior leadership. Taylor Brady is within tenths of a point of Tommy's average. He's made big strides. Joseph George has picked up his play. His average was 80 but he recently shot a 73 and 77."