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Boys' Golf: Lenhart ties for 15th at KHSAA state golf tournament

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By Elliott Pratt

North Oldham junior Mason Lenhart set out a goal to finish in the top 10 at the KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Tournament last week.

Though Lenhart played well, the rest of the field played better as Lenhart tied for 15th at the KHSAA after two rounds at the Bowling Green Country Club. 

Lenhart fired a 1-over par 145 for the tournament, shooting +1 in the first round and an even par Wednesday in his third overall appearance at state, and second as an individual.

Franklin County junior C.J. Jones won the individual title after battling Lyon County sophomore Cullan Brown in a four-hole playoff, with both finishing at 8-under 136.

“I played pretty well although I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t get things going that much,” Lenhart said. “I set a goal for myself to get in the top 10, but I finished tied for 15th. I couldn’t really get putts to drop and I was hitting a lot of greens, but I kept two-putting every hole and making pars.”

Lenhart finished the tournament with a strong outing on the back nine, shooting eight consecutive pars and birdying the 18th hole on a par-5. He made 12 total pars in both rounds and shot three birdies on the fifth, eighth and 18th holes on Wednesday.

The tournament saw 13 golfers finish under par, with four shooting 7-under or better. Lenhart said the live scoring at the tournament allowed him to keep track of how other golfers were scoring and that allowed him to change his play a bit more aggressive.

“I think I do change my mindset when I know I need to be more aggressive playing with the best, but that doesn’t always work out,” Lenhart said. “You have to be laid back and kind of keep it conservative. I figured being in the top 20 is better than the top 40.”

On Lenhart’s first day, he started hot by playing the first hole for birdie, but double bogeyed the seventh hole par 3. He hit two more birdies, but shot two bogeys on the back nine to finish one-over par the first day.

He made the cut, which was set at 76, and shot three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine on the second day. His birdie on the 18th brought him back to par.

Lenhart said before competing in the tournament that his experience at Bowling Green let him know that hitting fairways usually set him up for good shots.

“That approach helped me a lot. That’s how, even though I wasn’t making putts, it put me in good par situations because I was finding the middle of the fairway. It’s easy to set stuff up.”

 

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