BOWLING GREEN — Day 2 was better than Day 1 for LaRue County, but the weekend at the Leachman/KHSAA State Golf Tournament was still a disappointing one.
“For the most part, I feel like our attitudes were pretty good,” Hawks coach Justin Craft said. “Of course, we wanted to do better than yesterday, and I was thinking, ‘That’s not gonna be too hard.’”
LaRue County shot 333 Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club — 10 shots better than Friday — to total 676 and place 10th in the team standings.
Taylor County fired a brilliant 301 to win the team crown by two shots over Louisville Trinity and three over first-round leader Lecington Christian Academy. The champs played one hole Saturday 1-under, eight at even par and five at 1-over in posting 13-over on Day 2.
Senior Chandler McLaughlin paced the Hawks with a pair of 80s.
He shot 40-40-41-39.
“Today was pretty similar to yesterday,” Craft said of McLaughlin’s round. “He hit a lot of quality shots today. There are certain spots that can jump up and bite you if you hit it there.”
On Friday, McLaughlin stood on the sixth tee, his 15th hole of the day, at 3-over and had played his last seven holes in 1-under.
He caught a bad break with his tee shot and made double, got above the hole on the par-3 seventh hole and three-putted and then finished bogey-bogey to card a 40 on each side.
“On 15 I had a 40-, 50-footer downhill, put it to 3 feet and lip it out,” McLaughlin said Friday. “There’s a few unfortunate breaks like that. I chipped real well today. Got up-and-down probably a solid 85 percent of the time. Hit a lot of fairways. Hit a bunch of greens, just couldn’t capitalize but once (making birdie on the par-4 fourth hole). The greens were a little slick today. There were a few putts out there that if you got within 10 feet you were happy with.
“On seven I hit one right over the flagstick, just a little deep. The wind died down. I was just off the back of the green and barely tapped it enough to get on the green and it rolled to 10 feet. Luckily is stayed on the top ridge where the pin was at and just lipped that putt out coming back.
“I hit the ball good today, just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”
Freshman Carson Childress carded an 81 Saturday for a 165 total.
“Carson battled today,” Craft said after Saturday’s round. “He was struggling with his ball striking and was 5-over early, but he grinded it out to shoot 81.”
Senior Chase Childress was on a roller coaster ride.
“He broke 40 twice, but the other nines you pair with them were miserable,” Craft said.
Childress shot 39-47 Saturday after his 50-39 Friday.
“He played a lot of good golf,” Craft said.
Senior JT Holcomb struggled both days, shooting 90-86.
Tanner Lasley shot 109-103.
“We’re trying to find our three and four for next year,” Craft said. “When I look at what is coming back in the region, I get the feeling that we’re gonna be written off a little bit as a team. I’m not saying we should be mentioned as one of the favorites because we’re nowhwere close to that. These kids are going to be brand new guys and I think they’re going to be a little better than people might give them credit for.”
The top two spots will be held by Carson Childress and Lasley.
“I think our team dynamic will look like when we had Cameron Dawson,” Craft said. “We’ll have an obvious No. 1 that will help carry the team score and the other guy will have to do their jobs for us to be competitive. Our No. 1 has to do his job, too.”
• Meade County’s Owen Honaker shot 85 and missed the cut. He played his last four holes six-over par and made five doubles. He also birdied two par fours, the 17th and fourth holes.
Elizabethtown’s Noah Cruze carded a 90 and missed the cut. He was 2-over through his first five holes and then struggled, making four straight doubles.