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SCHS golfers prep for region tourney

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County boys' and girls' golf teams have tournaments this weekend, but both teams have their eyes firmly set on next week's region tournaments.

The girls begin region play Monday at Canewood Golf Course in Scott County and the girls should be familiar with the course.

The Lady Rockets played a match there earlier in the season, have practiced there and will get a refresher Saturday at the Dunbar tournament.

"It'll be good to see the course one more time," SCHS head coach Susan Wiley said. "It sets up well for the girls and they all did well on the front nine (when the team won a match against Scott County on Sept. 4). The back nine has a couple of tricky holes as far as dog legs and narrow fairways with a water hazard that runs along four holes."

The Lady Rockets played their final match of the season Monday, drilling Western Hills.

"We won the match big, by about 20 strokes," the coach said. "Shannon Harover is playing really well right now, and all of the girls are working hard. We're trying to get Candice (Wiley) back to playing and having her ready for the region, and Michaela (Manley) is doing well right now, too. We all need to work on our short game and course management, but I think we're ready. I'm really looking forward to Saturday and Monday. I think all our hard work is going to pay off."

Rockets

The Shelby County boys' team started what is to become an annual match with Anderson County on Tuesday. The quest for the Salt River Cup, a trophy that will be kept by the winner each year, didn't start so well for the Rockets.

The Cup is a match-play event between the two schools, with three points being awarded for spots one-through-six and two points for spots seven-through-12.

"We lost 22-8, but I thought our kids played pretty well," SCHS head coach Myron Montgomery said.

Parker Hanna, Andrew Marley and Chandler White were the only Rockets to win their matches.

Montgomery said C.J. Sloan played his best golf of the year, but got beat on the final hole.

"That was his first varsity experience, and really bad luck is what got him beat," the coach said. "He had three birdies on nine holes and just got clipped on the last one."

The Rockets will play at the North Hardin Invitational this weekend as a tune-up for Tuesday's regional tournament.

Montgomery said his team is playing well, and he thinks they have a shot.

"The competition is stacked with Lexington teams, and it's probably the best region in the state," he said. "Because we're so young, I don't know if we'll be able to compete for a team spot, but I think we've got some individuals that can grab a top spot and make state. Andrew Marley just missed state last year by one stroke, and Hunter Montell and Parker Hanna have been playing really well lately."