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Bowling Green wins Schoolboy Classic with record score

Dec Lewko fires a tee shot on the ninth hole at Windward Heights Country Club during the Schoolboy Classic golf tournament Saturday. Lewko led the Hornets with a round of 74.

The HCHS golf team’s season is underway and the Hornets placed fifth in the annual Schoolboy Classic played at Windward Heights Country Club Saturday. Dec Lewko led the team with a 2-over par round of 74. Bowling Green won the team title with a record low score of 3-under par 285. The individual medalist was Ben Davenport with a 67 on the par 72 WHCC course. Reed Richey was one stroke back at 68 and Graham Hightower finished in 73 as the Purples carded the top three individual scores.

Lewko went out in 38 on Saturday and came in with a 36 from the blue tees. His score of 74 put him tied for 6th place overall.

Conner Napier watches the flight of the ball while play- ing hole #8 at WHCC on Saturday.

Kolby Keown watches the flight of his tee shot during the annual Schoolboy Classic tourney at WHCC last weekend.

Conner Napier was next for HCHS with a score of 39-43=82. Kolby Keown shot 43-41=84, Jacob Shultz 45-43=88 and Maysen Tuell 43-48=91. The top four scores count toward the team total and Hancock County finished fifth overall at 328.

Greenwood was second at 300, followed by Daviess County (316), Ohio County (321) and Hancock County Red (328). Owensboro High School was next at 330, followed by Owensboro Catholic,
Breckinridge County, Apollo, Butler County, Hancock County Gray, Bullitt East, Muhlenberg County and Whitesville Trinity.


The HCHS Gray Team was led by Jaxon Blake who shot 41-45=85. Ethan Heavrin shot 41-45=86,
Korbin Kruse 44-44=88, Ashton Vogt 56-46=102 and Logan Morris 51-54=105.

Hancock County had several more players competing as individuals. They were led by Louden
Fluharty’s impressive round of 43-40=83. Memphis Ball shot 51-57=108, Keaton Hamilton 57-56=113, Tyler McFarling 58-58=116 and Sheamus McCann 59-60=119.

McLean County Inv.
The Hornets competed in the McLean County tournament at Panther Creek last Thursday. Hancock County placed seventh with a team score of 313. Conner Napier led the squad with a round of 73. “The 313 is the lowest team score this season,” HCHS coach Dana Newby said. Napier led the way with a tie for fifth place finish, but Kolby Keown and Jacob Shultz were close behind with scores of 77 and 78 respectively.

“This is the first round at an invitational that Keown and Shultz have shot in the 70s. I knew they could do this, their talent is incredible,” coach Newby said. Dec Lewko played as an individual and fired a 75. Jaxon Blake and Maysen Tuell both shot 85. Grant Broughton of Daviess County was the medalist with a round of 64.

The HCHS girls team also competed at Panther Creek. “This was their first invitational ever. They did great, and I needed them to play to gain experience. I’m proud of them,” coach Newby said. Ella Chappell shot 129 and Laney Craighead 132. The teams are set to play in the All “A” Region at Panther on Monday.

Daviess County Inv.

The Hornets placed seventh during the Daviess County Invitational on July 21 at Ben Hawes Golf
Course in Owensboro. Kolby Keown led Hancock County with a round of 80 on the par 71 course. Jacob Shultz was next at 81, followed by Jaxon Blake (83), Conner Napier (84) and Ethan Heavrin (96). Reed Richey of Bowling Green blistered the course to finish with a high school record score of 7-under par 64. Richey went out in 34 then shot 30 on the back nine holes. The Purples won the team title with a score of 296. Marshall County was second at 309 while Hancock County was seventh at 328. Nineteen teams competed in the event.

Henderson County Inv.
Hancock County competed in the Henderson County Invitational at Henderson Country Club on July 24. The Hornets placed 12th with a team score of 345. Conner Napier led HCHS with a solid round of 80. Jacob Shultz shot 86, Jaxon Blake 89 and Maysen Tuell and Kolby Keown each fired 90. Kaden Kinney and Korbin Kruse played as individuals and both shot 100. Ohio County won the team title with a score of 317. DJ Morris of Marshall County was medalist with a round of 70.

By Steve Wimmer

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