December 23rd, 2014

LCSN top stories of 2014: No. 8

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


LCSN top stories of 2014: No. 8
St. X's golf team won its first state since 2009 / file photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network has chosen its top 10 stories of 2014 and is posting them in a series that started Dec. 19 with an honorable mention list. LCSN will have a story each day, with the exception of Christmas, until our top story of the year appears on Dec. 31.

St. Xavier’s golf team got a measure of redemption when won its first state title since 2009 in early October after finishing second the two previous years.

“It’s maturity,” St. X head coach Dan Utley said afterwards about the difference between this year’s team and the previous two. “These kids know what they need to do when they get into uncomfortable situations and had that confidence knowing what to do in certain situations.”

The Tigers shot a 586, finishing 27 strokes ahead of second-place finishers Franklin County and McCracken County.

Allen Hamilton led St. X with a two-day total of 1-under-par 143 that put him in a tie for third place.

Hamilton — the younger brother of Sacred Heart star Maddie Hamilton, who has played on four state championship teams — started to make noise when he won the Sixth Region Tournament with a 6-under 66. Their father, Vince, helped St. X win the team state crown in 1981, giving the family six titles.

“There was definitely a little bit of pressure,” Hamilton said after the win. “She (Maddie) just got her fourth this week in dramatic fashion. I knew that my team needed to win this year so that I could get at least half of the state titles that she has.”

The Tigers’ Mike Sass tied for 12th with a 149 after placing seventh as a freshman and 13th as a sophomore. Teammate Drew Kiehl also shot a 149.

“I don’t think there was any pressure,” Sass said after the win. “Our team has had a pretty good year and we were on a hot streak. We had a lot of confidence coming in. We felt pretty comfortable, to tell you the truth.”

Brandon Basham and Matt Liston each shot a 150 to tie for 18th. 

 

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