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October 2, 2012

Old Hat — New Face

CORBIN —  

By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

Corbin looking to make some noise

The Corbin Redhound golf team is taking a familiar trip this week as it heads to the KHSAA State Golf Championships for the fifth straight season.

Brad Harris’ team breezed to the 10th Region Championship with a round of 314, seven strokes better than second place Jackson County’s 321.

While Corbin may have been the favorite going into the region tournament, some people may have been surprised to see the order of finish.

With his top ranked golfer for most of the season, Cody Ellis, coming in with a 78 for third best, Alex Davis and Connor Maguet each shot a 77.

On the other hand, Harris said the scores didn’t surprise him at all.

“It’s been tough, and we’ve been young the past couple of years at the tournament,” Harris said . “As a team, we’ve done this on depth because we’ve had good players, but we’ve had five really good players all year.

“A couple seasons we’ve had a clear cut number one, but any of our five guys could come in as the top score for any given tournament, which is always huge.”

While some may think the role of a golf coach is overrated, the thought and preparation that goes in to a tournament has to be considered. Just like a football or basketball coach would study film on the opponent, a golf coach does the same. The only difference is the fact that the opponent is the golf course itself.

“We do a lot to get the kids prepared for the course in particular that they are playing and the tournament,” Harris said. “You get them ready for the type of shots they are going to need to make for that course, so that’s one thing that I do to get them ready.

“The other thing is golf is a really mental game and I’d say it’s more mental than physical,” he added. “I’ve had good players that have had great instruction, whether its from their parents or otherwise, but you have to get them to stay positive because there is going to be bad holes, but you have to persevere.”

Persevere is exactly what Corbin has done this season, hovering around the top of the state’s rankings much of the season. Harris said that after a few teams that are maybe one and two, he feels like the Redhounds have a shot at a high finish.

“All season we’ve been one of the top teams in the state, “ Harris said. “We’ve won some tournaments and played in some of the top tournaments throughout the season.

“We’ve played every weekend but two now, since we were off after the region,” he added. “I feel like St. X is the top team in the state with West Jessamine number two and after that, I really feel like we’re right there with anybody else. We’ve beat every other team at some point and I feel like if we play really good, we can win the state.”

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