DANVILLE – It was a tough day on the course for the Lincoln County boys golf team Tuesday, as the Patriots finished with a team score of 362 in the Region 4 Golf Tournament at Danville Country Club.
The Patriots finished way off the pace in the 18-hole tournament, coming in 73 strokes behind West Jessamine, which successfully defended its regional title with a team score of 289.
Senior Chris Butler led Lincoln with an 8-over-par 80 but missed the state cut, with a score of 76 needed to advance in Tuesday’s tournament.
“He was disappointed,” said Ledford. “Chris has played well all year and he was wanting to qualify but he just couldn’t get anything going and he didn’t putt well.”
“That’s the thing about golf,” he said. “No matter how well you play all year, it all comes down to one day to try to make state. With only the top two teams and three individual moving on, the competition is tough. You’re competing with over 100 other golfers for those few spots and it’s not easy.”
Zach Johnson, a junior, followed Butler with an 81, Taylor Edwards, a sophomore, finished at 99, Roland Taylor, a seventh-grader, carded a 102 and Roy “Boo” Smith, a senior, closed out the team scoring with a 107.
“Zach Johnson had a good tournament. I thought he played well,” Ledford said. “This is Taylor (Edwards) first serious season of golf. He didn’t play as well as he would have liked but he played pretty good. But Boo struggled. Any time you play at regionals there are a lot of nerves that come out. I think the nerves got to him today.”
As a seventh-grader, Roland Taylor was one of the youngest players on the course Tuesday but he held his own.
“Roland played fifth-man all year,” said Ledford. “Any time a young player plays in the region tournament, the pressure sometimes can be bad. But it is a good experience for the younger players. It was his first regional today but I think Roland shows a lot of promise for the future.”
The low score of the tournament was posted by Connor Haas of West Jessamine. He earned medalists honors with a 2-under-par 70 to lead the Colts to another regional win. The individual runner-up was Haas’ teammate Travis Rose who had a 1-under 71.
Host Danville was 24 strokes behind West Jessamine with 313 and also qualified for state.
The three lowest individual scorers not on state-qualifying teams were Dakota Jarman of Boyle County with a 2-over-par 74 and Nicholas McCarthy of East Jessamine and Van Giles of Adair County both with 76.