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Trimble County boys golf looked great as they headed into this week’s regional tournament.
With a record of 7-0 for the season, the future looked promising when the team met on the green at Kenton County’s The Willows golf course Sept. 29.
Ranked one of the hardest courses in the state, Raider players discovered why The Willows back 9 is said to be among the top 3 toughest in the state.
Despite not claiming a region victory, the boys golf team, like other Raider athletic clubs, did not go down without a fight Monday.
Trimble County took five players to region competition, including seniors Jeremy Shuck and Chris Cook, junior Andrew Stark, freshman Dylan Staples and eighth-grader Jordan Tingle.
“It’s my senior year, my last match possibly. Coming into the match I already had my mind set that I was going to put it all out on the line and play aggressively,” senior Jeremy Shuck said after the contest.
Junior Andrew Stark was the first Raider to tee off Monday morning, hitting the course at 9 a.m. to shoot a 125.
Later, teammate Shuck shot the team high with an 87, just nine strokes over his personal best on 18 holes.
Senior Chris Cook, coming off a tough Sept. 16 weekend round of All-A State play, followed with a 9:40 a.m. tee time to shoot a 96.
Next to tee off for the Raiders was eighth grade student-athlete Jordan Tingle. Tingle shot a 102 for the day before another young Raider, freshman Dylan Staples recorded a 109 for the day.
“I’m very proud of the efforts from my guys, I believe every last one of them tried their hardest to give it all they got and that’s all you can ask out of them.” coach Kirk Chism explained.
The 2008 boys Raider golf team proved to be a very young, talented group with a seriously competitive streak. Together, they made great strides this season against even the toughest opponents.