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3 top returnees form nucleus

By Josh Cook

Shelby County boys’ golf coach Matt Redmon said he doesn’t want “to jinx it,” but he said he is very excited about his team’s upcoming season.

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“We think we’re going to surprise some people,” he said.

Redmon returns four of his top five players from last year’s Region 6 Tournament, at which the Rockets finished 15thout of 18 teams.

Leading the way will be the triumvirate of juniors Dakota Baatz and Tanner Brandenburg and senior Isaac Martin.

Baatz, Shelby County’s most consistent low scorer last season, has played a lot of junior golf during the summer, including Monday and Tuesday in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour’s Tournament of Champions at Oxmoor Country Club (where he tied for ninth in his age group).

Brandenburg was the Rockets’ low scorer at region, and according to Redmon, in preseason practices has shown he is building on that. As has Martin, who got the opportunity to play Valhalla Golf Club this summer.

“My top three are all averaging less than forty shots for nine holes,” Redmon said. “That’s going to be the core of our team.”

The rest of the lineup is to be determined.  

“The fourth and fifth spots are going to be a competition,” Redmon said.

Among returnees from last season who could compete for those two spots are seniors Jimmy Hulce, Cory Chance and Cam Veeley, sophomore Cameron Likes and seventh-grader Sam Edwards.

A trio of newcomers who have “made pretty big improvements since tryouts,” according to Redmon, are seniors Zach Holmes and Jacob Lewis and sophomore Ryan Chance.

“I’m really excited about the progress we’re making,” Redmon said. “They have done a lot of work over the summer, and some of them have really surprised me.”

Shelby County was supposed to open its season Monday in its own invitational, but Redmon had to cancel it because only 10 teams signed up. So, the Rockets will begin their season Aug. 8 against Spencer County. Their first invitational will be Anderson County’s Bearcat Classic on Aug. 10.

“I like the way we’re headed,” Redmon said. “I hate to jinx it, but this is the most confident I’ve been heading into a season.”

 

Rockets at a glance

Last season:The Rockets finished 15thout of 18 teams at the Region 6 Tournament.

Returning players:Dakota Baatz, Tanner Brandenburg, Isaac Martin, Jimmy Hulce, Cory Chance, Cam Veeley, Cameron Likes, Sam Edwards.

 

SCHEDULE

AUGUST

8 – SPENCER COUNTY; 10 – at Bearcat Classic; 13 – KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY; 15 – at Collins; 17 – at George Rogers Clark Tournament; 20 – COLLEGIATE; 22 – ANDERSON COUNTY; 27 – SAYRE; 29 – at Woodford County.

SEPTEMBER

2 – WESTERN HILLS; 7 – at Pleasure Ridge Park Invitational; 9 – at Franklin County; 12 – at Scott County; 19 – OWEN COUNTY; 21 – at CKB Tournament.