Thursday, August 2, 2018
Bluebirds Win Another Golf Title
Highlands won the Beechwood Invitational at Twin Bridges in California (Kentucky) on Thursday. The Bluebirds shot a 297 in the 6,007-yard, par-72 course winning it by six strokes over Region 8 opponent Grant County. Host Beechwood finished third with 328.
This marked the fourth tournament win in five tournaments for the Bluebirds. The tournament had 14 teams.
"We're getting consistent play out of all five players," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "When you do that, it really gives you a great chance to win. All five played really well. It's really nice that Justin and Luke seem to be top-five players at every tournament we go to. That really helps our team. The three, four and five have started to play better the last two tournaments. We're posting some of the best scores I've seen."
Highlands had lost to Grant County in the Northern Kentucky Invitational on Sunday. But Highlands came back to beat the defending region champion Braves in the Highlands Invitational on Wednesday as well as the Beechwood Tournament.
"Traditionally, Grant County is one of the top programs in the state and (the Braves) are again this year," Richey said. "Last year, they made the (top-12) cut (on the first day of the state tournament on their way to an 11th place finish as a team) and they return a large majority of their team. Anytime you're around them, you know you're having a good day."
Sophomore Justin Gabbard again led Highlands shooting a 69 good for three under par. Gabbard also won medalist honors and sophomore Luke Muller shot a 74 to finish fifth. The other two scorers in senior Ryan Leigh and eighth grader Joel Craft both shot 77.
Highlands placed all five golfers in the top 15 in the tournament. Senior Brady Walz shot an 80 finishing three strokes away from the last two scorers.
"You try to shoot your best then see what happens at the end," Walz said. "You do your part for the team that day. We're having a blast. We have so many good stories we can tell."
Highlands travels to Danville Country Club on Aug. 7 for the Third Annual Central Kentucky Showdown hosted by Mercer County. Tee time is 9 a.m.
The Highlands girls golf team did not face Beechwood on Thursday. Head Coach Mike Lipscomb said it was cancelled because of scheduling issues, but the teams are working on rescheduling it. Highlands faces Simon Kenton on Tuesday at Highlands Country Club. Tee time is 3:30 p.m.