Bluebird golfers return to state, first time since 2010

Noah Cooley

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A college-style course. Wet green. Large spanning area. One hit in the wrong direction, and you would be aiming for an impossible putt. Yet, the Bluebird golfers still managed to pull through to state. While they didn’t pull through for the win at state, the team is more than happy with what they accomplished.

This was the Highlands boys golf team’s first time making it to state since 2010, which is why it’s a really big deal, especially to some seniors who have grown up with the team throughout their high school careers. The rules of the competition state that all regional champion teams as well as regional runners-up are permitted to move on to the state competition. Highlands accumulated a score of 344, finishing only 18 behind the region champions, Grant Country, who scored 326 total. Of the 24 teams to move on to state, Highlands was tied with Johnson Central for the highest score. The coach of the team, Bert Richey, was pleased with his team’s hard work. “The team did a great job in [the] regional [tournament] not giving up and leaning on the experience they gained from tournaments throughout the year,” he said. “Because of that effort we gained a birth into the state tournament.” Seven of the teams that competed in

Seven of the teams that competed in state shot below 300 in the regional tournaments. The lowest of all of them, the Saint Xavier Tigers, from Louisville, scored an impressive 277. They won the previous three state tournaments and planned to take home another victory in the 2017 competition. Just because this is the first time in a bit that Highlands as a team went to state, it doesn’t mean individual team members hadn’t been in the past. Highlands 2015 graduate, Parker Harris, qualified as an individual golfer in 2012, 2013 and 2014, moving to Highlands 2015 graduate, Parker Harris, qualified as an individual golfer in 2012, 2013 and 2014, moving to state without the rest of his team. In the regional competition, every member of the team had to give it all they had to assure Highlands returns back to

In the regional competition, every member of the team had to give it all they had to assure Highlands returns back to state, regardless of their age. Highlands freshmen JD Gabbard and Luke Muller led the Bluebirds during the regional competition, firing 84 and 83, respectively. Aaron Verst, a Highlands senior, shot an 87, good for third for the Bluebirds. Juniors Ryan Leigh and Steven Grimme shot a 90 and 100, respectively.

While not completely winning in the state competition and leaving with a 331, coach Richey still counted the experience as a victory. “I thought we had a great year. Sure we would have loved to have finished better at state, but T17 is a great place to start for building toward the future.” He also suspects that the team will place even better next year, as four out of the five state golfers are returning to the green next school year. Richey also has high hopes for a lot of the new teammates and underclassmen. In the end, Richey capped the season with, “State was a great experience for these kids. They will be able to draw off that in the future for all tournaments and especially if we’re able to make it back to state.”

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Bluebird golfers return to state, first time since 2010