September 30th, 2019

2019 Region 6 Golf Championship Preview

Staff Report

2019 Region 6 Golf Championship Preview
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By Josh Snider

 “There are three types of golf: golf, tournament golf and major championship golf.”- Grantland Rice

As quick as the school year starts, it seems that the golf season ends.  The 2019 Louisville Regional Championships are set to be played today and tomorrow for both the boys & girl varsity teams and if the high school season has been an indicator, both events look to have a quality field with many individuals playing their best golf!  Much like the famed sports writer Grantland Rice stated, near a century ago, the Regional and State Championships are major and what all individuals and teams have been preparing for throughout this golf season.  As always, ladies first.

The Girls Regional is set to be played at Weissinger Hills GC in Shelbyville, hosted by Shelby County HS, and the Valkyries of Sacred Heart Academy are the favorite to win the championship.  This years Valkyries team has continued forth with the program’s excellence having been in the tournament winner circle numerous times this season.  Led by their senior duo, Jacqueline Seier and Julia Hagewood, providing the leadership and consistent play throughout the season inspiring the underclassmen to some fantastic play making a formidable team.  The nucleus of juniors, Gracie Elliot and Emily Warner, and sophomore, Abigail Sutherland, have certainly raised their game as all have had individual top-10 performances this season and definitely have the ability to be their teams top score in competition.  After this past weeks “off-game” in the Girls All State Championship which the Valkyries placed outside the top-5 teams, they most certainly will be looking to have a bounce back and defend their 2018 regional Championship.


The Assumption Rockets enter into this years Regional Championship with a lot of optimism and an eye toward the future.  The Rockets have featured a young line-up for the majority of the season with sophomores, Ella Hardy and Isabel Winebrenner, joining juniors, Ellie Anderson, Claire Burgin and Abby Jones forming the varsity squad which has had four top-10 performances this high school season highlighted by their 2nd place finish in the Jefferson County 9-Hole Tournament.  With freshman Hannah Bradow and Brooke Just competing regularly for the 4th/5th spot on the team, the Rockets will look to have a strong showing in this years event to validate their solid play this season.  


The Boys Regional is scheduled to be contested at Seneca GC, hosted by Trinity HS, and both St. Xavier and Trinity are set to use their team’s experience to what most likely will be a birdie barrage on par.  With St. X looking to defend their 2018 Regional Championship, and Trinity coming off a 1-stroke victory over their arch rival in last week’s All State Tournament, this year’s regional championship has the making to be one of the most exciting events of the year.  Both teams feature a senior heavy squad, with numerous D1 committed players, and are used to competing against each other in local and national tournaments which should only fuel the fire in this prominent golf rivalry.  


The Tigers have featured numerous Green & Gold combination teams throughout the year that have been built around their senior class of Bryce Beard, Robbie Bender, Patrick Brooks, Drew Doyle, Andrew Flynn and Campbell Kremer anchoring those teams to tournament wins and featuring many of their underclassmen as teammates.  This year’s Tigers have continued forth with the program’s dominance by having multiple tournament wins and individual performances in elite fields throughout the high school season.  With the recent disappointment in the All State Tournament last week, it goes without saying that the Tigers are eyeing this event and looking to defend their 2018 Regional Championship.


This year’s Trinity golf team may be the strongest, definitely the deepest, in the programs history.  The Rocks have enjoyed a successful season in which they have wins with both their Green & White teams across the state that have featured many underclassmen paired with their stable of senior talent.  The senior class of JM Butler, Drex Gillaspie, Ballard Harris and Davis Money have all provided a level of consistency in scoring and collected numerous top-10 performance this golf season.  The reigning state champion, JM Butler, has used his outstanding summer play individually in premiere amateur events to elevate his game under his school’s colors as he did this past week with back to back consecutive rounds of 65 to win the All State Tournament!  With juniors, Derek Limberg, Charlie Morgan and Andres Olsen, and sophomore Peyton Bonny and freshman Michael Long all playing solid golf, the competition for the 5th spot on this year’s team will be highly contested and may likely be the spark that pushes them to victory.  


Much like the annual gridiron game played during the football season, both schools are aware of the importance of this years Regional Championship, but this is only Round 1 of what will be setting up a showdown in the State Championship contested in Bowling Green for the ultimate bragging rights.  Best of luck to all who are competing!


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