Both the Thorobreds and Fillies golf teams have a list of returning players for Coach Jason Crisp’s sixth year at the helm of the Harrison County program.
Each team lost one player from last year, Kristin Aubrey for the Fillies and Daniel Klapheke for the Thorobreds.
Both teams will miss the contributions that the departed players made, but each also has several veterans to take the reins.
“I am counting on the senior Thorobreds to lead this inexperienced but talented group of young players,” Coach Crisp said during a Monday interview. “Seven of our first eight players each played in the top five during last year so senior leadership is very important.”
The other member of the top eight, Reese Asher, suffered an elbow injury last baseball season, which prevented his participation with the golf team.
“Reese should be able to help us a lot,” noted Crisp.
The three seniors for the Thorobreds are Myles Davis, Stephen Lemons and Sam Levi. They were all regulars in last year’s top five players for the Thorobreds and are being counted on for top play as well as leadership for the younger players.
The younger players each have great potential due in part to their hard work over the summer.
“I know that the five underclassmen have spent hours at the Cynthiana Country Club working on their game this summer,” acknowledged Crisp.
The underclassmen are sophomore Will Hicks, freshmen Asher, Peyton Browning and Jake Jones along with seventh grader Anthony Vascotto, all of whom Crisp believes will be in the top five players in many of the team’s tournaments and matches.
High school matches feature five players from each team playing with the top four scores counted for team totals.
Tryouts for the two final spots on the Thorobreds 10-person squad were held on July 15 with results not available at the time of this story.
The Fillies welcome back the team for the first practice on Wednesday, July 17, with five returning players expected back for the 2013 season.
Freshman Sarah Holland was the No. 1 player and Crisp believes that she will hold that spot again.
Also returning will be junior Morgan Nelly, sophomores Sarah Durbin and Morgan Grose along with middle school player Kenzie Jones.
“I believe that another year of progress for these girls and we will be able to really compete with our region competition. “
The Fillies open the season by hosting a 10-team Central Kentucky Conference Tourney. All eight of the CKFC schools will be competing plus two others to make a real outstanding field for the first day of competition for the Fillies.
The Region 8 golf competition is always tough and Crisp does not expect that to change for 2013.
“Defending champion Bourbon County returns a strong team along with Mason County, Newport Central Catholic and Highlands,” said Crisp. “We hope that we can compete this year, but we may be a year away. A realistic goal that I believe that we can accomplish this year for the boys is a team score of 360. That would mean we would have four players shooting 90 or less.”
The boys’ season opens on Monday, Aug. 5, with the Franklin County Tourney played at the Frankfort Marriott.