Boyle, Garrard golf teams keep an eye on the future

August 13, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

STANFORD - Rebuilding seems to be all the rage among the area's high school golf teams this season, as several of them are taking on a new look and taking a look at what the future might hold for them.

Two boys teams that have a decidedly different makeup this season practically saw a mirror image when they crossed paths Thursday in an early-season match at Dix River Country Club. And they found out they're quite a bit alike.

Both Boyle County and Garrard County will probably be led by a junior this season, both teams are using a middle school player in their top five and both of them are short on experience but long on potential.

"It's completely different from what we had last year," Boyle coach David Morris said after his team defeated Garrard 171-190.

Garrard coach Dave McDaniel knows the feeling. The Golden Lions lost three seniors and started the season with a seventh-grader as their No. 1 player.


But McDaniel said the future looks bright. New players are still coming out for the team, the roster could expand to as many as 13 players and McDaniel plans to establish a junior varsity team for the first time.

"With the addition of all the new players coming out and adding a JV team, the future looks as good right now as it's been since I took it over," McDaniel said.

Boyle had two varsity teams last year, dividing its roster into what were effectively varsity and JV teams. But while there are still 11 players on the team this season, Morris said their collective inexperience makes splitting the roster impractical.

"With this team, it's a little bit different," Morris said. "We've got guys who haven't played as much and guys who haven't played tournament golf."

Carter, Horn only ones who had played high school match

In fact, Morris said, the team's top two players, juniors Clay Carter and Matthew Horn, are the only ones who had played in a high school match before this week.

"Last year we kind of relied on the upperclassmen," said Carter, who was Thursday's low scorer with a 39. "If we played good, great, but it was supposed to be their team. But now it's just the opposite: We've got the pressure on us."

Horn, who had 41, said he's also adjusting to his new role as a veteran.

"I've just got to step up and be one of the leaders on the team, and I've got to improve my scores," he said.

Morris said Boyle may be a year or so away from being a good team, but Carter isn't so sure.

"I think we're going to be all right later on (this) year," he said. "Coach disagrees with me, but once we get some practice and start hitting some balls, we'll come around."

Garrard's No. 1 player in its season-opening match was seventh-grader Cody Cantrell, who defeated junior Matt Hume in the final preseason practice round. He shot 49 Thursday.

"He's been playing pretty well lately," Hume said.

Hume, who was the Lions' low scorer at 44, said looking forward to continued improvement for himself and the team.

Garrard has two juniors and a handful of sophomores at the top of its roster, while Boyle's Isaac Waters was the only senior in Thursday's match.

"With this team, it's a little bit different," Boyle coach Morris said. "We've got guys who haven't played as much and guys who haven't played tournament golf."


At Dix River C.C., Stanford

BOYLE COUNTY (171) - Clay Carter 39, Matthew Horn 41, Jeremy Hardin 45, Isaac Waters 46, Grant Blevins 47.

GARRARD COUNTY (190) - Matt Hume 44, Zack Estridge 48, Cody Cantrell 49, Erik Fields 49, Chrisley Toler 49, Shane Richardson 49.

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