June 24th, 2014

Year in Review: Boy's Golf

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Year in Review: Boy's Golf
Brendan Doyle helped lead the Tigers to a strong showing at the state tournament and a 6th Region title / file photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2013-14 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished.

For the past few years, St. Xavier’s golf team has dominated the local scene. That was until Trinity’s results improved. However, the Rocks will have to try again in 2014 and unseat the Tigers as they won their third straight Sixth Region title.

DeSales: The Colts fielded a competitive team but were unable to neither make it to state nor send a player to the state tournament.

St. Xavier: For the third straight year the Tigers won the Sixth Region Tournament and advanced to the state tournament. It was their 29th regional title in 35-years.

West Jessamine won the state title for a second straight year as the Tigers weren’t able to bring home their 19th state title.

It came down to the wire in second round of the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament but West Jessamine defeated the Tigers with a 14-over-par 590 to St. X’s 597.

“We just weren’t good enough,” said St. X head coach Dan Utley, whose team finished as the state runner-up for the second consecutive year. “We gave our best effort, we had a good game plan, the guys worked hard, they gave everything they got, had a great attitude, we just weren’t good enough. I said it last year and I’ll say it again. You don’t always have to mess up to come in second; sometimes they can just beat you. West Jessamine is the better team.”

St. X trailed West Jessamine only 293-296 going into the second round, and the teams were tied through nine holes.

The individual battle also was intense between West Jessamine’s Fred Allen Meyer, who won the individual title last year, and St. X’s Brendon Doyle.

Doyle appeared to be on his way to an individual state title. The senior led Meyer by three shots going into the back nine.

After Meyer came back and tied it, disaster struck Doyle when he ran into some massive trouble on No. 17 and ended up with a triple bogey.

“I made a bad swing,” Doyle said. “It put me in a bad position and it built up to be a bad hole. I really thought it was just a bad hole.”

Meyer's par gave him a three-shot lead going into the final hole.

“That tough 17th hole,” Utley said. “He got into a bad spot and couldn’t get out of it essentially. He’ll learn from that and he’ll get better from that. It doesn’t take away anything from what he has accomplished at St. X these past four years. I’m very proud of him.”

Perhaps the attention was focused on Meyer and Doyle, but it may have been Connor Haas that won West Jessamine the team title. The lone junior on West Jessamine finished tied for fifth with a 146.

Haas’ score was five shots better than St. X’s two second-best golfers, Mike Sass and Christian Vining. Sass and Vining both shot a 151 to tie for 13th.

St. X's Billy Basham placed 27th with a 156 and Paxton Duff shot a 159, but his score didn’t count towards the Tigers' team total.

Trinity: It was a redemption year for the Shamrocks. In 2012 they came in seventh at the Sixth Region Tournament and didn’t send a golfer to state.

A year later and the Rocks were an inch away from qualifying for the state tournament but placed third. However, D.J. Vogt and James Inman qualified for the state tourney as individuals.

“It is disappointing, but I’m really proud of my guys,” first-year Trinity head coach Mike Brumfield said. “It was just a couple of bad holes -- it's real unfortunate. But it’s a step in the right direction from last year. I’m proud of those guys. They fought as hard as they could. We came up one short.”

Vogt tied for third as he shot a 74 and ran into a little trouble with the pin location on the last hole.

“I’m not happy with the way I finished,” Vogt said. “I finished 3 over on the last two. Overall I played pretty well.” 

Inman also shot a 74. 

Jake Mattingly (77), Zach Mattingly (81) and Ryan Murr (83) were the other three golfers for the Rocks. 


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