The Cougar golf team got its season started on Monday with a visit to Bowling Green, where they took part in the Olde Stone Invitational at the Club at Olde Stone.
The Cougars faced a big field of teams from around the state playing at one of the better courses in the state.
“We have a young team this year and this was the toughest field and course that they will face all year,” said coach Chris Brown.
The par-72 course rewards play in the fairways with pristine lies, but punishes wayward shots with some wicked rough.
Junior Cole Manion had the low round for the Cougars, shooting an 80, but the big story for Manion was the hole-in-one he carded on the 181-yard, par-3 16th hole.
After the match, Manion was telling anyone who would listen that he had said beforehand that he would card an ace on the hole.
“Ask anyone, they’ll tell you I called it!”
It was the fourth ace of Manion’s young career. He had two at the old Legacy Course, which is no longer in business, and the other was at Shady Hollow, in Edmonson County.
The Cougars finished with a team score of 379. Sophomore Josiah Dennis finished with a 94, junior Logan Hart shot a 102, and eighth-grader Caleb Ray shot 103. Junior Landon Nichols finished out of the scoring rounds with a 112.
Ryle High School was the champion of the tournament, shooting a team score of 300 even, which included the top two individual scores of the day. Jacob Poore shot a two-under round of 70, while his teammate, Zach Adams, was a stroke behind at 71.
Louisville’s St. Xavier finished second with a team score of 304, while McCracken County finished third at 313.
The Lady Cougars also were in action on Monday. Seniors Courtney Vincent and Abby Gibson competed at the Lady Scottie Invitational, in Glasgow. Vincent, who qualified for the state tournament the past two years, shot an excellent round of 81, while Gibson finished at 110.