|Highlands senior Justin Gabbard earned medalist honors in the Beechwood Invitational shooting a 67 on Thursday.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team bounced back from a third-place finish Wednesday to take the Beechwood Invitational Tournament at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in California (Kentucky).
That marks the fourth tournament win in a week for the Bluebirds out of six tournaments. Highlands has not finished lower than fourth in any tournaments.
"(On Wednesday), we didn't play very well," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We went up against the same teams. We got off to a bad start, but we played really well the rest of the day and we beat them all."
Highlands shot an impressive 292 to win the tournament. Mason County shot a 300 to finish second. St. Henry and Grant County tied for third with 304.
Senior Justin Gabbard shot a 67 on the par 71 course for four-below to earn medalist honors. Senior Luke Muller followed with a one-under 70.
The Bluebirds saw all four scorers below 80. Sophomore Joel Craft shot a 76 and junior Jack Schneider shot a 79.
Highlands eighth grader Hank Shick shot an 86. Shick is in his second season competing on varsity.
"I spent a lot of the summer playing with Joel and a couple other people up there," Shick said. "I just worked a lot on my game and improved. When I play, I try to get rid of all my blow-up holes like the triple bogeys (three over par). I try to get bogeys and pars."
The Bluebirds play in another Bullitt East Invitational on Friday at Heritage Hill Country Club in Shepherdsville. Tee time is 1 p.m. Richey said Louisville Trinity and South Warren will be among the 24 teams there.
Toole Ties for Runner-up in Beechwood Invitational:
Highlands junior KJ Toole shot an 80 to tie with Oak Hills (Ohio) freshman Debra Brogan and Louisville Assumption junior Ella Hardy for runner-up honors in the Beechwood Invitational.
Grant County sophomore Maddie Hudson won the tournament with a 75. Grant County won the 10-team tournament with a 333.
The Bluebirds took sixth shooting 395. Senior Ellie Rowland shot an 87 and eighth grader Jenna Richey shot a personal-best 103. Freshman Bailey Markus rounded out the Highlands scoring with 125 and sophomore Belle Bryant shot 146.
Highlands plays again in the Mercy Invitational on Monday at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect located in Oldham County. Tee time is 2 p.m.
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