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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bluebirds Finish Third in NKY Tournament

Gabbard Takes Medalist Honors with 69 Score

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Boys Golf team finished third in the Northern Kentucky Tournament on Sunday. Sophomore Justin Gabbard took medalist honors shooting a 69.
The Blue and White shot for a third tournament championship in three days.

But the Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team fell five strokes short of it. Highlands shot a 319 in the Northern Kentucky Tournament at the Northern Kentucky Golf Course in Butler on Sunday.

Region 8 opponents Mason County and Grant County finished ahead of Highlands with scores of 315 and 316 respectively on the par-72 course. Highlands Head Coach Bert Richey quickly pointed out this would have been the end of the season as a team if it were the region tournament.

"We were close," Richey said. "I think it was good for our guys to open up their eyes a little bit. We have some work to do. We have to get a few more (golfer) to get a little more consistent so they're range of scores are not as wide. But it's early in the season. We know what we need to work on now."

Highlands sophomore Justin Gabbard recorded a career-best 69 to earn medalist honors in the tournament. Fellow sophomore Luke Muller continued his consistent ways shooting a 75 good for fifth overall.

Eighth grader Joel Craft also had a good game shooting an 82. Highlands would have won it if another golfer had shot in the mid-80s or lower. Senior Ryan Leigh generally does that, but Richey said he was not available Sunday.

"I just think we need to put in a little more practice around the greens because we're fine getting it out there," Craft said. "When we get near the greens, we just have to make sure we're able to get up and down (to the hole) and are able to make pars."

Sophomore Isaiah Lampkin and senior Steven Grimme were the other two golfers for Highlands. Lampkin shot a 93 and Grimme shot a 96.

"We played really well in the firs two tournaments as a team. (On Sunday, Justin), Luke and Joel played well," Richey said. "The others will tell you they didn't have their best days. If you play golf long enough, you're going to have these days. Ryan Leight wasn't there, but the others know they have to step up. That's part of playing." 

Highlands plays in its own invitational on Wednesday at AJ Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria. Tee time is 8:30 a.m.

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