This area always has produced standout high school golfers and that trend continues.
Several players and teams enjoyed banner years as they contended for championships and showcased their talents on a major stage in state tournament play.
No local high school golfer had a better season than Central Hardin High School senior Allan Lockwood. He won a fourth straight individual 5th Region championship and then went on to finish seventh in the state tournament.
No player had won more than two individual titles before Lockwood displayed his talents the last two years by extending the streak to four.
At the state tournament, he hovered around the lead for much of the 36-hole tournament before turning in his finest finish in the state tournament in his prep career.
Four others area players — North Hardin’s Charlie Vowels, Elizabethtown’s Tyler Todd and Meade County’s Owen Honaker and Cooper Crump — also advanced to the state tournament. Although all four failed to advance to the second day of play, earning a state tournament berth is quite an accomplishment in itself.
On the girls’ side, teammates Hailey Coleman and Ella Scherer of North Hardin and Central Hardin’s Katie Gray all played on the second day of the tournament and Central Hardin’s Paige Gray missed the cut by a single stroke.
Coleman tied for 16th, Scherer tied for 21st and Katie Gray tied for 61st.
All three players earned state tournament berths as individuals. North Hardin missed a chance for a fourth straight state tournament trip as a team as Meade County won the region by four strokes.
In the state tournament, Meade County, which returns all five starters next season as does North, tied for seventh out of 12 teams.
In a sport where one bad shot can ruin a round, several area golfers ended the golf season in splendid fashion by playing in the state tournament and competing at a high level.
This editorial represents the consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.