Solid showings for Collins, SCHS

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They fail to qualify for State

By Josh Cook

Neither the Collins nor Shelby County boys’ golf teams had a player qualify for next week’s state tournament, but both had fairly solid showings at the rain-soaked Region 6 Tournament on Tuesday.

The Titans tied for eighth place with a 340 at Charlie Vettiner Golf Course in Louisville, and the Rockets finished 15th with a 364.

St. Xavier took home the team title. The Tigers, who swept the first four places (led by freshman medalist Michael Sass’ 3-under 69), carded a collective 1-over-par 289. Christian Academy of Louisville finished second with a 315. The top two teams and the top four golfers on non-qualifying teams earned invites to next week’s state tournament at Bowling Green Country Club.

Collins, which finished sixth last season with a 326, was led by Brandon Sanner, a junior, who shot 12-over-par 84 to tie for 31st place. He shot a 40 on the front nine, when he had two bogeys and a double-bogey, and 44 on the back.

Also for the Titans, senior Turner Mayton and junior Michael Troutman tied for 33rd with 85s. Mayton’s round included four consecutive pars (9-12), and Troutman’s was highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 16th.

Junior Michael Atkins tied for 39th place with 86 (he shot a 40 on the front), and classmate Chandler White tied for 56th with a 91. White was the only Titan with two birdies (on the par-4 8th and the par-5 18th).

“We were very consistent from top to bottom,” Collins Coach Mike Griffin said. “Our scores have hovered around [the] mid-eighties for most eighteen-hole events, and we always seemed to have one player crack the seventies. [Tuesday] that did not happen.

“It was a long day with the rain delays, and that may have affected us somewhat. For a team to be successful in our tough region, we need all players to probably have the career rounds, and that still might not be good enough. These players have been very consistent all year and showed that again [Tuesday], as our scores were from eighty-four to ninety-one. That is a very tight range from high to low.

“I am sure we expected a better result, and I really felt that we had two or three players who were capable of shooting a score that might get them to State as an individual,” Griffin said. ‘[Still] I am very proud of this team as they have grown together, and their future is bright as I expect the four returning juniors to improve over the winter and spring season and be a force next year.”

Meanwhile Shelby County made progress from its performance at last year’s region, when the Rockets shot 374 and placed 17th, despite a much-younger team.

“There are definitely positives to our performance at region,” Rockets Coach Matt Redmon said. “We improved on our score from last year by ten strokes and improved our position by two places. Last year’s varsity team was composed of only seniors. For three sophomores, one junior and one senior to go out and play better than last year’s team shows how much that we have grown and how much potential we have.

“That said, we could have, and most likely, should have played better. We have at least two players that are very capable of shooting in the seventies, so for them to shoot in the nineties was a bit of a let down. We did, however, have a great performance from Tanner Brandenburg.”

A sophomore who was listed as Shelby’s No. 5 player, Brandenburg shot a career-best 85 to tie Mayton and Troutman (and three others) for 33rd place.

He posted 41 on the back nine, which was highlighted by his birdie on the par-5 16th.

Two of his teammates, sophomore Dakota Baatz and junior Isaac Martin, tied for 56th with 91s, and senior Tommy Johnson shot 97 and junior Jimmy Hulce 112.

“I'm very proud of Tanner's performance in the tournament, and I am encouraged for next season, if we continue to improve, as a team, we'll turn some heads over the next few years,” Redmon said.


Region 6 Tournament

At Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, Louisville

Par: 36-36 – 72

Team scores: 1. St. Xavier 289; 2. Christian Academy of Louisville 315; 3. Ballard 320; T-4. North Oldham, Kentucky Country Day 324; 6. Trinity 327; 7. Male 336; T-8. Collins, Jeffersontown 340; 10. South Oldham 348; 11. Oldham County 351; 12. Eastern 356; 13. Manual 360; 14. Collegiate 363; 15. Shelby County 364; 16. Atherton 388; 17. Whitefield Academy 394; 18. Fern Creek 410.

Top 10 individuals: 1. Michael Sass (St. X) 69; T-2. Brendon Doyle (St. X), Stephen Stallings (St. X) 73; 4. Ben Sullivan (St. X) 74; T-5. Cooper Musselman (St. X), Mac Telle (KCD) 75; T-7. Spencer Swift (CAL), Drew Froehlich (South Oldham), Morgan Franklin (Oldham County) 76; 10. Spencer Reed (Ballard) 77.

CHS scores: T-31. Brandon Sanner 84; T-33. Turner Mayton, Michael Troutman 85; T-39. Michael Atkins 86; T-56. Chandler White 91.

SCHS scores: T-33. Tanner Brandenburg 85; T-56. Dakota Baatz, Isaac Martin 91; T-75. Tommy Johnson 97; T-85. Jimmy Hulce 112.