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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Highlands Girls Win NKAC Division II Crown

Highlands Boys Finish Second

Highlands senior KJ Toole shot a 78 to help the Highlands girls golf team win the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II crown Monday.

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The Highlands Bluebirds girls golf team won its first tournament since Mike Lipscomb became head coach four years ago.

The Bluebirds won the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II crown Monday at the Kenton County Pioneer Course shooting 368. The par at Pioneer is 70.

"We have been working a lot this season on getting our distances down," Lipscomb said. "The girls have put in a lot of time. Their confident when they pull a certain club that it's going to go a certain distance. They're striking the ball very well."

Highlands senior KJ Toole led the way earning medalist honors with a 78. She won the tournament last year shooting the same score.

"It's definitely nice to have seen the team win a tournament, especially being here for so long and being in the program," Toole said. "I'm really proud of everyone on the team. We had some younger girls step up. It's so satisfying."

The other three Highlands scorers shot personal records. Sophomore Bailey Markus shot 90. Freshman Jenna Richey shot 93 with junior Ali Welch shooting 107.

"Golf is one of those things where some days are really good and then other days are really bad," Welch said. "You never know what's going to happen. But I think the most important thing is your mentality really with anything. If you don't have a good mentality, you're not going to have a good game. I just focus on preparing myself and trying to calm myself down. I told myself it's just for fun and I ended up doing really well, which was a bonus."

The Highlands boys took second at the Willows Golf Course shooting 328 on the par 72 course Tuesday. St. Henry shot 324 to win it.

"We had three of the five kids play well, which gave us a chance to win," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "Hopefully on Tuesday, we'll have four of the five or five of the five play well. We're in the mix. The kids understand we have a chance if we play to our potential."

Highlands junior Joel Craft shot 78 to tie for top honors. He lost the playoff for medalist honors.

"I think that we've been putting in a lot of work," Craft said. "We didn't play our best at conference. Obviously, the conditions weren't ideal. But it was still a pretty solid score for the team. I think if we can all take a few shots off our scores, we definitely have a chance at the region."

Junior Jack Schneider shot 80 for Highlands with freshmen Oliver Golden and Hank Shick rounding out the scoring at 82 and 88. Freshman Nate Surrey also golfed shooting 89.

The 8th Region Tournaments are next week. The girls golf at Pendleton Hills Golf Course in Butler Monday in the morning. The boys golf at Henry County Country Club on Tuesday.

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