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Mayton makes his shots to lead Titans

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He makes par at No. 2, finishes as medalist

By Josh Cook

Collins senior Turner Mayton has had some memorable rounds – and some rounds he would like to forget – at Weissinger Hills Golf Course.

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It’s the course where he played his first varsity match and earned his first varsity letter, but it’s also one that has caused him some problems, especially the early holes.

“It has been both good and bad, but today [Tuesday] was a good way to go out,” Mayton said.

That’s when Mayton’s 3-over-par 39 earned him medalist honors and led the Titans to a 13-shot victory (163-176) over Shelby County. 

Mayton’s round included six pars (Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9) and three bogeys (Nos. 3, 4, 7).

“I missed a lot of putts, but it was all right,” he said.

Mayton made par on the first two holes, not a usual occurrence for him.

“I’d never really been even through two here,” he said.

Mayton, whose best nine-hole round at the course is a 38, had a troubled tee shot on the par-4 second – the signature hole of the course – but was able to overcome it. 

“It kind of brought bad memories back from my freshman year,” he said. “But I got up and down from a hundred yards…and I finally parred number two!”

Mayton made bogey on the next two holes but closed with pars on four of his final five holes.

“After four it was downhill from there,” he said. “The only part of that course that bothers me is the four-five-six push, and [Tuesday] I played it one over.”

On the par-5 ninth Mayton made a long uphill par putt – after running a downhill birdie putt past the hole – to edge junior teammate Michael Troutman for medalist honors.

“I hit the first putt a little heavy,” Mayton said. “On the second putt, I had the exact same putt when we played here in the Shelby County Invitational. I gave it the roll I wanted, and it worked out for me.”

Juniors Brandon Sanner and Michael Atkins added 41 and 43 respectively.

Sophomore Tanner Brandenburg led Shelby County with 43, and classmates Kyle Cannon and Dakota Baatz added 44s and junior Isaac Martin 45.

“I'm overall pretty happy about how the match went,” Rockets Coach Matt Redmon said. “We played them closer than we did last year with only one varsity member returning. It shows how much work that my guys have put in since last year.

“They have stepped up and filled the gap that was left by last year’s seniors. This is the first time since the split that we've really been competitive with Collins in every spot. Our problem was putting, and it was a big problem. Every Rocket golfer had at least one three putt. If we can eliminate three-putts from our game, we will probably be able to beat many of the teams that we've lost to so far this year. I'm happy with the direction that our team is moving. They are getting better every day.”

Both Collins and Shelby County will compete in the Central Kentucky Conference Tournament, which will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown.

 

V: Collins 163, Shelby County 176

Medalist: Turner Mayton (CHS) 39.

Other CHS scores:Michael Troutman 40, Brandon Sanner 41, Michael Atkins 43, Matthew Feltner 44.

SCHS scores:Tanner Brandenburg 43, Kyle Cannon 44, Dakota Baatz 44, Isaac Martin 45, Tommy Johnson 49.