This year’s LaRue County Varsity Golf team is, “very young and relatively inexperienced” according to second year coach Justin Craft, “but we are making strides each week as we approach the regional tournament.”
The team consists of two seniors, a sophomore, an eighth grader and two seventh grade golfers.
Senior golfer Chad Savage is a first year member of the Hawks golf team but has experience outside of school playing the sport. Savage brings more to the table than just his golf game though.
“Chad can really lighten the mood when needed,” said Coach Craft, “which can really give our young team a morale boost.”
James Reding’s senior season started a bit late. Reding, who is likely to be in the hunt for class valedictorian this year, decided to leave golf in favor of concentrating on speech and drama.
But as the golf season got underway Reding met with Craft and rejoined the team.
“Having another upperclassman with previous varsity experience is always a positive,” Craft said. “And I expect to see improvement from him each week as he gets back into rhythm after a late start.”
Chase Peterson, a sophomore, “works hard at his game,” said Craft, “he’s a good golfer and gaining a lot of valuable experience for the rest of his golfing future.”
Craft will look to Peterson over the next couple seasons to set an upperclassman example for his young team.
Cameron Dawson, an eighth grader, has the most overall golf experience on the team.
“It’s odd to think of an eighth grader having a leadership role with older kids, but Cameron has the most golf experience on the team and is a leader,” said Craft.
This is Dawson’s fifth season on the varsity team and eighth year playing the sport itself.
“He is extremely dedicated and plays in tournaments throughout the off-season and during his free time.” Craft said.
Seventh grader Cameron Lasley is another dedicated young player already with a decent amount of varsity experience.
“He is working with a lot of good tools and will only keep getting better with each year,” Craft said.
Lasley has competed in several tournaments over the last few summers some as far away as Myrtle Beach.
Jacob Gentry, a seventh grader, “has a very bright future with the sport, he’s still young and gains a little more experience with every swing,” Craft said.
Gentry, along with Dawson and Lasley, has the potential for four and five more seasons with the Hawks’ golf team.
Golf’s regional tournament advances the top two teams and the top three individual scorers (outside of those teams) to the state tournament. Regional tournament play begins Sept. 25 at Fort Knox’s Lindsey Golf Course.