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Shelby County and Collins had a tough time of it during the boys Region 6 Golf Tournament at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect on Tuesday, but the team that finished farther up the standings actually felt better about the outcome.
Collins finished 10th in the tough field, shooting 332 for the 18-hole event.
SCHS was 17th with a 387.
Christian Academy Louisville won with 306, and St. Xavier (307) also qualified for next week’s State Tournament.
But SCHS Coach Matt Redmon said he was pleased with the performance of his team, which began its season on the same course at Nevel Meade and shot 403 that day.
“I am excited about our improvement this year,” he said. “That score doesn’t actually illustrate how much we have improved over the year. I’m very happy with the work that we’ve put in this year and feel like we are poised to make another big leap forward next year.”
The disappointment at Collins was because the players had expecting to contend for the top two and a berth at State, Coach Mike Griffin said, but the team never really was close.
Junior Tayler Adams led the Titans with an 80, followed by an 83 by junior Jared Redmon, an 84 by sophomore Turner Mayton, an 85 by senior Josh Griffin and an 86 by junior Conor Doyle.
“The boys golf team had a very successful season, but couldn't have picked a worse time to lose their short game in their most important tournament,” Griffin said.
“As coach, I am very proud of all the players, but especially this bunch of Varsity players that became very good friends, excellent teammates, and represented Collins High at its best while playing the great game of golf.”
Collins finished the Central Kentucky Conference with a second-place finish at its home course, Shelbyville Country Club, and sent Conor Doyle and Josh Griffin to the CKC/KBC Challenge cup, where they both lost, but the CKC ended up winning the cup.
Each team loses one senior: Daniel Murphy at SCHS and Griffin at Collins.