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2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD GOLF PREVIEW: Tigers rebuilding after graduation losses hit roster

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Bardstown golf preview

By Darren George

Although the Bardstown Tigers girls and boys golf teams will be young this season, they are still looking to chip in some very nice wins.

“Oh, we’ll be young in spots on our boys side, but our girls have some senior leadership,” coach Josh Thomas said. “We lost a lot of seniors overall, but I think both squads will surprise some people.”

The girls will be lead by Natalie Lenberger and Bailey Kellem. Both are returning starters and each will be called upon to lead their team on the links.

“I would love to have a great season,” Lenberger said. “Our senior golfers must show leadership and bring our teammates along.”

Lenberger averages 58-60 on nine holes, and would like to improve as the season unfolds.

“We need to develop some more numbers for next season,” Kellem said. “I expect us to do well this year, but as a senior, I would love to see our girls team grow, and I encourage everyone to give the sport a try.”

The Tigers will be young on the course, but overall the numbers are solid for the boys squad.

“We graduated six seniors last year, and the boys will be full of youth,” Thomas said. “However, I would really like them to focus on their short game a little more this year.”

The Tigers will be led by senior Logan Brown, along with Wesley Thompson.

“I would like to see growth out of our team this season,” Brown said. “Golf is a sport where you must practice, and is unlike any other. In basketball, you can have a natural jump shot, but in golf, you must develop your shot.”

Thompson says he would like to improve on his short game, and has high hopes of reaching regional play.

The Tigers also feature an up-and-coming player with Cole Bradley. He will be making his varsity debut and expects to fare well.

“I want love to drive the ball better,” Bradley said. “I have worked really hard and was on the junior varsity last year, and averaged a 65, but I am hoping that score improves.”

Thomas, in his fifth year as the girls and boys coach, says he is excited about this season.

“We want to win and have fun out there. That’s what it is all about. All the players have worked hard during the offseason, and I think we’ll do all right. Golf is certainly an art, and if the players work hard on their chipping and putting, then I expect with our team’s chemistry, it will all come together.”

Bardstown reached the region last year, and produced a 12-8 record overall.