It was wet and it was windy Monday, and it still didn’t stop Central Hardin senior Allan Lockwood at the Boys’ 5th Region Golf Tournament.
Lockwood battled through tough conditions and a less-than-ideal start to his round at the Elizabethtown Country Club to finish the day with a 71, recording four birdies over his last six holes in the process, The score was good enough for Lockwood to claim his fourth straight individual region title.
“I had to clutch up; I went four-under the last six holes and the start of it wasn’t so hot going three over the first 12, but glad I finished strong,” Lockwood said of his round. “I capitalized on a really reachable par-5, the par-5 fourth, which was my thirteenth hole of the day and just kept sticking it and making putts.”
This wasn’t one of the easier region tournaments Lockwood said he had competed in over his high-school career. Instead, he described it as one he had to fight for in order to reach this point.
“I played well the first and last years. The two middle years, I just had to scrap together a round to pull out a win,” Lockwood said. “To win region four years feels great, but I wanna get it done next week at State. That’ll be good.”
The first-place individual finish secured Lockwood the chance to go after a title at the state tournament, which will be held at Bowling Green Country Club Oct. 5-7.
He was followed in the individual standings by North Hardin junior Charlie Vowels, who shot a 73 on the day to also earn a state spot.
“It was a tough day. I played really well in tough conditions and (Lockwood) just played really well,” Vowels said. “Just made adjustments and just never let a bad shot get to me.”
Other area golfers to qualify for the state tournament as individuals included Elizabethtown sophomore Tyler Todd, who tied for fourth-place with Andrew Bennett of DeSales with a score of 77.
Meade County also had two golfers qualify in senior Owen Honaker and junior Cooper Crump. Honaker shot a 78 to finish in a tie for fifth-place with Grayson County’s Grant Manion, while Crump finished the day with an 80 to take seventh place.
In team standings, Spencer County took the top spot with a 325 to qualify for the tournament as a group.
Meade County placed second in the team standings, three shots back of Spencer County.
“They played really well compared to what the conditions were. I wasn’t sure if we were gonna be able to get it finished, just with everything,” Meade County boys’ golf coach Justin Amburgey said. “That was our best score that we shot all year this year, that 328, so definitely proud of our guys.”
LaRue County and Central Hardin both shot a 347 to finish in a tie for fifth.
“They did a good job really holding it together in some really tough conditions today. That was kind of the story of the day, is the conditions,” Central Hardin coach Paul Gray said. “Just really proud of (Lockwood) for his finish. Obviously it kind of had a couple rough patches in the middle and then just played phenomenal at the end.”
Elizabethtown came right behind at sixth with a 348. North Hardin shot a 367 on the day for an eighth-place finish.
Region golf returns to Elizabethtown Country Club today with the Girls’ 5th Region Tournament. North Hardin has won the region title the last three years.