• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ golf beats W. Hills; first win in two years

CELELBRATING SENIORS. As the 2016 Woodford County High School golf season winds down, the team took time to honor its seniors. On the girls' team, Emiily Spears was the lone senior. (Photos by John Hemlepp)

The Woodford County High School boys’ golf team had a lot to celebrate in its match against Western Hills at Juniper Hills on Tuesday, Sept. 13. With solid play by Joe Kowalke, Logan Couch, Grayson Johnson, and Tanner Coffman, the Yellow Jackets defeated Western Hills 188 to 219 to capture their first victory in two years. “The boys really have worked hard and improved,” said Woodford head coach Stan Watts. “We have improved our team score by almost 20 strokes. If we keep this up, we could be really good down the road.” In the match, Johnson shot a 45, which was the team’s best score of the day. In addition, Kowalke shot a 47, and Coffman and Couch each shot a 48. Next up, Woodford faced Mercer County at home on Moss Hill Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 15, and lost 169 to 182. Couch shot a 42 to lead the team in this match. Johnson and Coffman each shot a 46, while Kowalke shot a 48. Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 17, Woodford took part in the 2016 CKBC Tournament and finished with a team total of 392. Couch led the team with a round of 92, followed by Johnson, who shot 96; Kowalke, who shot 100; Coffman, who shot 103; and Jack Browning, who shot a 116. Next up, the boys’ team takes part in the Region tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Kearney Hills in Lexington. The WCHS girls’ team also played a couple of matches. In their first one, which was at home at Moss Hill Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 15, they suffered a tough four-stroke loss to Anderson County, 193 to 197. Leading Woodford on the day was Jessy Sanders, who shot a 43. Also, Morgan Murray and Jadyn Spencer each shot a 51, while Rachel Baston shot a 52 in the round. Then on Sept. 17, Woodford took part in the Mercer County Girls’ Invitational golf tournament at Danville Country Club. As a team, Woodford finished 10th out of 12 teams with a score of 433. Jackson County won with a score of 344, while Pulaski County finished second with a score of 376, and Western Hills finished third with a score of 382. Individually in the tournament, Sanders shot a 95 for the best score by a Yellow Jacket in the round. Also, Baston shot a 113, Kendall Anthony shot a 115, and Addison Beck shot a 125. Next, the girls’ team plays in the Region tournament on Monday, Sept. 19, at Juniper Hills in Frankfort.

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