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MCHS boys fall short, miss state

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By Jesse Osbourne

A team that produced scores that rivaled any in school history couldn't make it out of a tough region to make the state tournament.

The Marion County High School boys golf team floundered on Tuesday of last week in the region tournament at Maywood Country Club in Bardstown. High winds and cold temperatures threw most golfers off their game but the Knights suffered more than some.

"About 10 days before the regional most of the team went into a slump, a slump that normally could have been corrected with practice but the continual rain in the week previous to the region prevented the golfers from working on their swings," Head Coach Freddie Leathers said. "It would doom their chance to be the first boys team since 1987 to qualify for play in the state tournament."

Tommy Carrico led the Knights with an 80, several strokes off his mid 70's tournament average and three strokes off the state tournament individual qualifying score. Taylor Brady had an 83, also several strokes off his average. Joseph George and Brian Loper had 84's while Joseph Elder had an 85.

During the season it seemed one or two golfers would have a career day while someone else struggled. In the region, everyone struggled.

The tough front nine, with slick greens and blustery winds whipping, were troublesome for the Knights as they finished 28 over par as a team. The back nine was more forgiving for the Knights, 16 over par, but the damage was already done.

The Knights finished sixth overall in the region, losing to region favorite West Jessamine. Russell County earned a trip to the state tournament with a runner up finish.

"I am very proud of this team," Leathers said. "They were competitive at a very high level throughout the year and they played as well as any team I have ever had. I am sad for the team in that they didn't get to enjoy the trip to Bowling Green and get a chance to show what they could do, but they shouldn't worry about what they didn't accomplish, they should relish what great things they did achieve.

"They had a great year and that is what they should remember. I wish my two seniors the very best in their future. I am sure we will be seeing Tommy Carrico's name in the sports section many more times in his collegiate career. 

"I am also going to miss Joseph George. He is a perfect gentleman and one of the nicest young men to walk the halls of MCHS. Tommy and Joseph both have given the golf team four years of leadership and were quality representatives of our team, school and community."