Boys teams try to end drought

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The local boys golf teams will try to reverse their post-season fortunes Tuesday in the Region 4 tournament at Kearney Hill in Lexington.

It's been three years since a golfer from Frankfort has gotten out of Region 4, and that happened when Franklin County captured the regional title at Kearney Hill in 2000.

Region 4 is arguably the toughest region in the state, meaning some teams good enough to play in the state tournament don't get the chance.

"I certainly think we have a chance," Franklin County coach James Myers said, "but it's just that our region is so difficult. We've beaten Henry Clay to death all year. I think the closest they've been to us was at the KIT and they were seven strokes back, but most tournaments we've beaten them from 15 to 20 shots, and then they up and beat us in a tournament Saturday."

The Flyers tied for third with St. Xavier at the Henry Clay Invitational Saturday. Covington Catholic won the tournament, and the Blue Devils were second.

At the regional tournament, the top two teams and the top three individuals not on those teams advance to the state tournament Oct. 9-10 at Eagle Trace in Morehead.

"We were talking today," Western Hills coach Jeff Bibb said during last week's Hilen Cup, "and some surrounding regions aren't nearly as strong as our region. I think James doesn't give himself enough credit. I think he has a top five team, and there's Henry Clay, Tates Creek, Lafayette.

"It's one day of golf," he added. "Last year Scott County didn't play in a tournament all year and went out and won it. It's just one day of golf. We have five guys going over and any four are capable of playing well enough to take us to state or qualify themselves for state."

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