I want to start this week’s column off by giving a big congratulations to a few of our local golf teams.
In case you haven’t heard, the Corbin Redhounds boys golf team won its fifth straight region championship last week, which is pretty impressive if you ask me.
Not only is it hard to play the game of golf, it’s almost unheard of to have a team play as well as the Corbin kids have over the past five seasons. I know there really isn’t the kind of play-by-play coaching involved with golf as there is with say football, basketball or baseball, but my hat goes off to Corbin coach Brad Harris.
A lot goes in to preparing the kids for each course and keeping them motivated to do well with each and every tournament. I’ve always said it takes special people to be able to coach and that’s no different when it comes to golf.
Another local golf team turned some heads last week as well. The North Laurel Lady Jags will make the school’s first ever trip to the state golf tournament after a second place finish behind Russell County.
I know I said five straight region titles is almost unheard of, but the Russell County team is making its 16th straight appearance in the state tournament. The good news is that 16 trips had to start with a first and North Laurel golf coach Karen Moore said these type of things are what it takes to start a tradition like Russell County has built.
Hopefully, this state tournament appearance will go a long way in helping to build the North Laurel program into a yearly title contender.
Let's not forget some of our other local golf teams who fared well, but just couldn’t make the state tourney, some of them by just a few strokes.
For the girls, Bo Robinson’s squad at Williamsburg High School was just three strokes behind North Laurel in third place with a 349, but Morgan Walker will represent them individually after qualifying with a score of 81. Barbourville grabbed a sixth place finish with a 169, as eighth-grader Kristen Engle qualified individually for the state tournament with an 84.
Whitley County and Corbin rounded out the top 10 in the region with scores of 396 and 401, respectively.
Now that I’ve told everyone how tough I feel like playing golf is, I’ll explain my reasoning.
A few years back I tried to master the game of golf and to be honest, I had trouble just learning how to hit a ball straight.
But, I should get credit for trying because I tried to stick with it. I went through the trouble of buying a set of clubs, a nice pair of legit golf shoes and even some golf balls that I was told were the best on the market.
Well, let me be the first to say that looking good and using all the best equipment does not make you a golfer by any means.
It takes a ton of practice and even more patience if you expect to get good.
Sure, there are some people who can pick up a golf club for the first time and be labeled as a natural, but I think they are few and far between.
I will say this for my brief golf career, I did manage to do something that not a whole lot of people have the chance to say.
I won a first place trophy on the very first tournament I entered. Sure, it may or may not have had something to do with the players on my team and a handicap that was a little (OK, a whole lot) above average, but a trophy is a trophy and like it or not, I have one that says first place.