Daviess County golf teams will be making double trips to the State Golf First Round next week at the Owensboro Country Club.
The DC boys will play at OCC, aka State Site 1, on Monday. The DC Girls will be in their first state round on Tuesday.
The Daviess County Boys went to the state tournament as a team in 2019. The DC boys were regional champions in 2018. The DC girls were also regional champions in 2018.
The DC Girls won the Region 2 tournament dominantly with a score of 325. DC’s best score this season was 317.
The DC boys took second place to Ohio County in the Region 2 tournament on Monday. The top two teams advance to the State Round One, and the top three teams at each of the four Round One locations will advance to the State Final Rounds at Bowling Green.
Claire Reynolds was second overall in the regional women’s and led DC with 73, while the Lady Panthers burned through the Henderson Country Club course by 325 on a hot, sweltering Tuesday.
Daviess County got 83 each from Alexa Salamah and Baylie Billingsley, while Annalee Yager shot 86. Billingsley was seventh overall and Salamah was eighth.
Salamah suffered a shoulder injury in the back of the regional at the Henderson Country Club. His status is being evaluated in order to compete in the State First Round, according to DC co-coach Jonas Billingsley.
The DC Girls had a strong season, playing eight events counting regionals with two wins, four second places, a fourth place and a fifth place.
Claire Reynolds has been noted for her improvement this season.
“She’s young and works in the background too,” said DC co-technician Brandon Reynolds. “She is playing very well. She had a rough time on her first day at All-State. She was traveling and she made a 10 on a par five and that’s golf. We try not to put too many expectations on her because she’s young. I just want to let her go around and kind of fun mostly is what we try to do and want to preach to her.”
The entire team has been known for their work ethic this season.
“They worked,” Brandon Reynolds said. “That’s the thing. These girls worked. Even on the days when we say ‘hey, take the day off’, they’re on the golf course playing and playing, sometimes in a group and sometimes alone. They work really hard.”
For the Daviess County boys, Grant Broughton fired a 71 to finish a hit behind Christian County regional champion Landon Hunt. Broughton rode with fellow Panthers Logan Mewes (81), Hayden Sapp (81) and Grayson Powers (83). DC shot 316 as a team and was second to Ohio County, who shot 307 at Madisonville Country Club. Dawson Lamb is DC’s usual second leading scorer, but he had a tough regional and was not a scoring player.
DC has been third in a tournament this season in Hopkinsville, and has been fourth five times this season.
The DC boys took a calm approach to the regional tournament, and that paid big dividends.
“Most of these kids, their problem is they get really nervous,” said the DC boys’ coach Lars King. “In basketball, football and contact sports, being tense is a good thing, you take it out on your opponent. In golf, it’s quite the opposite. You have to concentrate with your body and with your mind not to think too much, not to be overzealous, and the calmer you can be, the better.
“It was actually one of the most relaxed regionals I’ve been to and the reason for that is because we weren’t favorites this year. We were actually fifth in the standings coming in today, and when you’re fifth you can play relaxed. You can just say, hey, if we win or if we come in second, like we did, it’s unexpected, as opposed to being the favorite and having to hold on to it all day. Ohio County did an unbelievable job on this.”