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North brings home cup

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By Mickey Patterson

GOSHEN – The North Oldham boys’ golf team saw their cup runneth over as the Mustangs won the Oldham County Cup last week and took fifth in the regional Monday at Nevel Meade Golf Course.

The Mustangs will also send junior Alex Foley to the state tournament next week in Bowling Green.

“Winning the cup was definitely the highlight of the year for our kids,” NOHS coach Larry Dunn said. “And, we came back and played very well in the regional. I told the boys walking off the course with a fifth-place finish in the regional we are in is something they can all be proud of.”

In winning the cup for the third time in the past six years, the Mustangs scored a total of 10.5 points just edging Oldham County with 9.5 points. South Oldham was third with four points.

The three-day event came down to the final day when NOHS was able to hold off the Colonels. A key match came when James Wistrom continued his strong play by halving a hole with OCHS’ Taylor Riggs to secure the win on the final hole.

Five of the eight matches on the last day were not decided until the final, ninth hole.

“It was one of the best final days we have ever had,” OCHS coach Alan Davis said. “North did a really nice job. They had the best team this year and kind of proved it.”

Davis complimented the play of the Colonels’ Connor Matsen and James Knezevich who won all three of their matches through the cup.

Dunn said one of the keys to the Mustangs’ win were wins on the final day by Austin Love, Nolan Dunn and Kameron Shams.

Foley, Ricks qualify

Foley will be the only male golfer in the state tourney this year after shooting a three-over par 75 at Nevel Meade Monday to qualify.

NOHS will also be represented by freshman Margot Ricks who shot an 86 at Weissinger Hills in Shelbyville to qualify for the girls’ state in Bowling Green.

In the girls’team standings, OCHS was third, tied with Henry County with a 380. Shelby County edged Sacred Heart 351 to 352 to take the team title.

NOHS was eighth with a score of 443 while SOHS was 11th at 556.

Ricks is the first Lady Mustang to go to state and overcame a triple bogey on number 16 and double bogey on number 17 to end with a birdie on 18 to finish with a 45 on the opening nine.

She came back with a solid 41 on her final nine for an 86 total to secure her invitation to the state championship.

“Margot had her best course management round ever,” NOHS coach Ron Ricks said. “She was steadily moving through the sixth hole with nothing more than a bogie when she triple bogied the seventh and double bogied the eighth. This was enough to write many rounds off to another day of dreams gone bad. Instead, she birdied the ninth hole to finish the first nine with a 45. Again, this did not bode well for a successful trip to the State Tournament. Instead of accepting the fate, she dug in and played the back nine in just 41 strokes, never making more than a bogie.”

Her score was the second lowest of the qualifiers not on the first and second place teams.

The individual scores for OCHS were Ericka Hardin 91, Meghan Theiss 94, Leah Pehlke 95, Abbie McGohon 100 and Chelsea Ryan 104. NOHS’ scores were Ricks 86, Katie Wampler 113, Shelby Nachtman 114 and Ansley Feltman 130. SOHS’ totals were Cammie Jones 126, Raven Heinstein 139, Sami Crider 140 and Morgan Lyle 151.

Foley led the Mustangs to a fifth place finish. Defending state champ St. X took the team title with 296 points followed by Male with 315. Christian Academy was third with 317 followed by Manual with 322 and NOHS with 326.

SOHS was seventh with 332 points while OCHS was 10th with 346 points.

NOHS features just one senior in Dennis Croom who closed his career with an 87.

“All of the coaches congratulated each other at the end of the match and nearly every one of them wanted to know how many seniors we had,” Dunn said. “I think they may be a little bit worried about us next year.”

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