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Weekend Golf Round-Up: Bluebirds Win Sixth Tournament

Toole Wins Highlands Girls Invitational

Contributed Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team won its sixth tournament Saturday.

By G. Michael Graham

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team captured one of two tournaments played over the weekend.
Highlands won the St. Elizabeth Highlands Invitational on Saturday at the Willows in Erlanger shooting a 301 out of 21 teams for the sixth tournament win of the season. St. Henry finished second shooting 305.

Highlands senior Luke Muller shot six Birdies (one-under par) and just three Bogies on his way to a minus- three 69 on the par 72 course to take third overall. Senior Justin Gabbard shot three Birdies and four Bogies on his way to a one-over 73.

Junior Jack Schneider followed with 77 and Eighth Grader Hank Shick followed with an 82. The fifth Highlands golfer in sophomore Joel Craft shot 83.

"(Saturday) was a really solid team effort," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "Hank shot one of the best rounds of the year. Jack played really well. Justin and Luke both finished in the top seven again."

Shick had the team's lone two-under par hole called an Eagle on the 15th hole. Shick made his second shot from 158 yards out to earn the Eagle on the par four hole.

"Those are very rare," Richey said. "You can play your whole life and never hole out from 158 yards. For a lot of people, that's a once in a lifetime shot. It's very impressive."

Schneider had not golfed since Aug. 10 in the Frederick Douglass Invitational. The junior helped Highlands win that tournament.

"It was awesome to be back hanging out with the boys again playing some good golf," Schneider said. "It's always great to be able to help out the team like I was able to Saturday. We don't change how we treat each other no matter the age or how well we played. We just keep helping each other out and encouraging each other to play better."

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The Bluebirds then golfed in the Grant County Invitational at Pendleton Hills Golf Course in Butler on Sunday and finished fifth out of 14 teams shooting a 313. Ryle won the tournament firing a 298. Pendleton Hills is the site of the Region 8 Golf Tournaments on Sept. 28.

Muller led the way shooting 72 on the Par 72 course. Gabbard followed with 73. Craft shot 82 and Shick fired an 86 with Schneider shooting 88.

Highlands golfs in the Eagle Trace Invitational on Saturday. Eagle Trace Golf Course is located in Morehead.

Golf, Girls: Toole Wins Highlands Invitational

Highlands junior KJ Toole won the St. Elizabeth Highlands Invitational on Saturday shooting a two-over 73. That marked the first time in a while that a Highlands individual won a tournament.

"Saturday was just a good day," Toole said. "I was hitting fairways off the tee. I was hitting greens on my approach shots. That made it easy to putt for pars or get good looks at birdies. I was striking the ball well."

Highlands finished fourth in the tournament as a team shooting 365 out of 14 teams. Cooper won the tournament shooting 326. Grant County took second at 339 and Owen County third at 361.

The Bluebirds saw senior Ellie Rowland shoot 82. Highlands eighth grader Jenna Richey shot 100 and freshman Bailey Markus shot 110. Sophomore Aly Welch also golfed for Highlands shooting 128.

The Bluebirds play Cooper on Sept. 8 at Highlands Country Club. Tee time is 3:45 p.m.

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