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PREP GOLF NOTEBOOK: Should teams play the last weekend? (09/27)

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By Chuck Jones

To play or not to play?

That is the question golf coaches face the final weekend of the season with region tournaments right around the corner. The Boys’ 5th Region Tournament is Monday followed by the Girls’ 3rd Region Tournament on Tuesday. Both will be held at South Park Country Club in Louisville.

Central Hardin coach Chris Adams has changed philosophies. When the Lady Bruins won back-to-back state championships along with two runner-up finishes, he scheduled events the final weekend. But he hasn’t had the Lady Bruins play on the final weekend since 2007 and then decided to do the same with the Bruins in 2011.

“After Karisa (Akin) and Morgan (Cross) left, we started playing a practice round on the Saturday before the region,” Adams said. “You have to put yourself in the best position to qualify for State, so to play our best at region, that’s what we started doing.

“Our boys have played great the Saturday before region and then fizzled out Monday or Tuesday at region,” he added. “It worked for us in 2011 when we won region. I think it’s the best thing. It’s worked better for the girls, but it helps the kids mentally and gives them confidence from playing the course.”

This season, the Elizabethtown boys’ team is taking the same approach. Coach Andy Games has played the last weekend in previous years, but altered the schedule this season. Instead of playing a match this week, Games said the Panthers went to South Park twice, playing nine holes each time.

“It will keep them fresh,” Games said. “It will be good for us. We’ve been searching for a three, four and five all year and they all performed well at Rosewood. I think we took a step forward and now we just have to focus on getting prepared for next week.”

The Lady Panthers are playing in the West Jessamine Invitational at Connemara Golf Course. Coach Kim Hartlage said she usually doesn’t schedule the final weekend, but did this year since the girls’ region tournament wasn’t until Tuesday. The tournaments are rotated every year with one Monday and the other the next day.

“They had an opening and it’s a good tournament,” Hartlage said. “Since we were playing on Tuesday, I decided to play in it. Usually I don’t schedule a tournament that weekend, but with the extra day, I thought it would be good to get another 18-hole tournament in before region.”

 

SAME LOCATION, NEW NAME. The North Hardin Trojans have hosted a tournament at Lincoln Trail Country Club the final weekend of the season since 2007. North Hardin elected not to have its tournament this year, so John Hardin decided to take over the event.

John Hardin, which hosts a tournament in the middle of the season at Lindsey Golf Course, will hold the Lincoln Trail Invitational on Saturday. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

John Hardin coach David Allan has been pleased with the interest in the tournament. There are 17 teams, including two Central Hardin squads, North Hardin and Meade County, and 11 individuals.

“It looks like there are some strong teams and some really strong individuals,” Allan said. “I put out an email about it and it wasn’t really that difficult. I think teams were looking for a place to play two days before the region tournaments.”

Allan said Lincoln Trail will be a good course to play prior to tackling South Park.

“South Park is a very similar course to Lincoln Trail,” Allan said. “Lincoln Trail is hilly and has a lot tress. South Park has a lot of trees. You’ve got to keep it straight (at South Park) because trees are everywhere.”

Chuck Jones can be reached at 270-505-1759 or cjones@thenewsenterprise.com.