Youthful veterans return for Harrison County golf teams

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By Mike Aldridge

“Youth” and “veteran” usually do not go together, but in the case of Harrison County’s golf teams, it is a perfect description.  
One senior, Fillies’ Morgan Nelly, stands on the roster of the Fillies and Thorobreds with only two juniors, six sophomores, three eighth graders, a seventh grader and a fifth grader making up the total of Coach Jason Crisp’s 2014 line up.  
The Fillies’ assumed No. 1 player, the sweet-swinging sophomore Sarah Holland, stands out among the Fillies roster.  
“Sarah has worked on her game since last season and is playing well right now,” said Crisp.  
Two of the other girls, junior Sarah Durbin and seventh grader Anna Midden, have also shown the coach a lot of improvement in the early practices.  
“I can tell that they have both worked on their games in the off season,” noted Crisp.  The other Fillies players who Crisp sees contributing in a big way during the season are the senior Nelly, sophomore Tori Aubrey and eighth graders Kenzie Jones and Christina Wilson.  
This will be Holland’s fifth year of varsity competition while Nelly, Durbin and Jones will be entering their third year. Aubrey and Midden are beginning their second year while this is Wilson’s first season.  
Five players compete in tournament play with the best four scores the scoring total.  
The girls finished sixth of 13 teams in the region last year and Crisp expects to be in the thick of it again this season.  
Scott County will be the team to beat with Mason County, George Rogers Clark and Pendleton County along with the Fillies expected to make a game of it for the powerhouse Lady Cardinals.  Harrison County opens the season on Aug. 4 when they travel to the Mt. Sterling Country Club to do battle in the CKC tournament.
“We can have a coin toss right now to see who the No. 1 Thorobreds’ player is, said Crisp.  We have three young men, junior Will Hicks and sophomores Reese Asher and Jake Jones who are real even right this minute.”  
That is a good problem for Crisp who believes that this team could be the strongest that he has ever coached.  
“I have had stronger individual players some years, but I haven’t had players one through five that were as solid as the players potentially could be this year and next.”
Players other than the first three are sophomores Peyton Browning and Kody Barrett and eighth grader Anthony Vascotto along with fifth grader Jacob Vascotto.  
Asher, Browning and Jones are entering their fifth year of varsity competition while Hicks is beginning his fourth.  Anthony Vascotto is starting his third year while brother Jacob and new comer Barrett are going into their first year.  
The Thorobreds were sixth of 16 teams in the region last year and Crisp expects to be that good or better this time.  
“Bourbon County won last year and Mason County was second and they have everyone back,” noted Crisp. “We should be in the running with those two, Highlands and Newport Central Catholic for the top spot.”
The Thorobreds begin even earlier than the Fillies as they travel to Lexington on Friday, Aug. 1 to play in the 24-team Lafayette tournament. This event is on the Gay Brewer Course at Picadom.