Bad fingers and all Troutman just misses

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His 76 highlight for Shelby teams

By Josh Cook

MIDDLETOWN – The Collins and Shelby County boys’ golf teams and their players failed to qualify for State Tournament.

However Titans senior Michael Troutman narrowly failed in his improbable bid to qualify as an individual in Monday’s Region 6 Tournament at Midland Trail Golf Club.

Troutman, who injured his left hand last Wednesday, was the top local finisher, just two shots away from a playoff to have a shot at a spot in next week’s tournament at the Bowling Green Country Club.

Troutman, who played with the index finger and middle finger on his left hand heavily bandaged, carded 4-over-par 76, finishing in a 3-way tie for 10th place.

St. Xavier won its third region title in a row, carding a collective 4-over 292. North Oldham edged Trinity, 305-306, for the region’s second team berth for State. Collins finished sixth with 320 and Shelby County 10th with 335.

St. X’s Brendon Doyle earned medalist honors with 3-under 69. Male’s Erik Edwards and the Trinity tandem of James Inman and D.J. Vogt each carded 74 to claim the three individual at-large berths.

Troutman, who cut his fingers in the gears of a lawn mower last Wednesday and had surgery later that night, was even  par through 14 holes and 1-over after 16 before finishing double-bogey, bogey.  

“I’d do anything to play those last two holes over again,” Troutman tweeted Tuesday.

On the par-4 17th Troutman’s tee shot hit a tree branch, and he lost his ball. Then on 18 he missed a 5-foot putt for par.  

Troutman finished his 38-38 round with four birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys.

“I had trouble trying to hit my driver all day, it was probably my hand,” said Troutman, who shot 75 and 74 in the two days leading up to the region tourney. “I just made some bad swings, and I got tired at the end.”

Shelby County senior Isaac Martin and junior Dakota Baatz tied for 13th with 77s.

Martin, who, along with his teammates, played the back nine first, shot 38-39. He had one birdie (on No. 14), four bogeys and one double-bogey.

“It was good,” he said. “I just missed some small opportunities was the biggest thing. Mainly some putts. I missed a couple of small chances, and it made a pretty good-sized difference.”

Baatz shot 36-41, playing his second nine in even par as he made birdies on Nos. 2 and 6 and bogeys on Nos. 5 and 8. 

“I had some putting problems,” Baatz said. “I had two three-putts, and that didn’t help me.”

Collins senior Brandon Sanner, the Titans’ No. 1 player, tied for 19th with 78.

“I choked,” he said.

Sanner went 39-39. His front nine featured eight pars and a triple-bogey on No. 2 after he hit into a creek, took a drop, hit a tree and went back into the creek once again. On his roller coaster of a back nine Sanner went birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie, double-bogey, bogey, par, bogey.

“I was trying too hard to make up those three strokes trying to get back to even,” Sanner said.

Seniors Michael Atkins (81) and Matthew Feltner (85) rounded out the Titans’ team score. Meanwhile junior Tanner Brandenburg (90) and senior Jimmy Hulce (91) rounded out the Rockets’ team score.


Boys' Region 6 tournament

Team scores – 1. St. Xavier 292; 2. North Oldham 305; 3. Trinity 306; 4. Ballard 313; 5. Christian Academy of Louisville 315; 6. Collins 320; 7. Male 323; 8. Kentucky Country Day 324; 9. Eastern 325; 10. Shelby County 335; 11 (tie). DuPont Manual, Collegiate 336; 13. South Oldham 337; 14. Oldham County 341; 15. Whitefield Academy 347; 16. Jeffersontown 361; 17. Atherton 362; 18. Fern Creek 371; 19. Henry County 399.

Top 10 individuals –1. Brendon Doyle (St. X) 69; 2. Michael Sass (St. X) 73; 3 (tie). Erik Edwards (Male), Josh Maier (North Oldham), James Inman (Trinity), D.J. Vogt (Trinity) 74; 7 (tie). Michael Vissing (North Oldham), Billy Basham (St. X), Paxton Duff (St. X) 75; 10 (tie). Michael Troutman (Collins), Ben Hinson (Ballard), Spencer Reed (Ballard) 76.

Other CHS scores:T-19. Brandon Sanner 78; T-33. Michael Atkins 81; T-54. Matthew Feltner 85; T-81. Chandler White 96.

SCHS scores:T-13. Isaac Martin, Dakota Baatz 77; 73. Tanner Brandenburg 90; T-74. Jimmy Hulce 91; T-83. Cory Chance 98.