Congratulations to the SHDHS Mens’ Golf Team on their 3rd place finish at the All “A” State Tournament! The team competed at Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Somerset, KY on September 9.
The article below was written by James Weber for the Community Press on September 8. Please click here to read the original article.
Golf can be as much about mental strength as physical prowess.
Jerod Cahill, who heads the boys golf program at St. Henry District High School when he’s not running the Golf Ranch pro shop in Burlington, said his Crusaders definitely have mental mettle.
“I love their enthusiasm,” Cahill said. “When I see those guys on the golf course, I don’t have to worry about them throwing their clubs or acting up. They do the work throughout the season. They feel good about their games and hopefully they’ll play well.”
The Crusaders have a big test coming up this weekend when they play the All “A” Classic state tournament Saturday, Sept. 9, at Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Somerset.
St. Henry won the title last year on the same course, shooting 306. They won this year’s Ninth Region Tournament last month to punch a return ticket to Somerset.
“I think they’re just ready,” Cahill said. “We’ve talked about it quite a bit. They’re ready to go down and perform. We don’t get too high or too low, we just get ready to play.”
Senior twins Ethan and Elliott Berling have been the mainstays. Ethan qualified for the KHSAA state tourney last year. His scoring average this fall is near par at under 74. He has won a tournament in August and is currently fifth in the all-state point rankings for Kentucky high school golf.
Elliott shot a school record 67 at Laurel Oaks in Maysville, leading the Crusaders to a tournament win there with a 293, also a new mark. He tied for second in last year’s All “A” state tourney with a 72.
Evan Schwarz, who was ninth place in the All “A” last year, returns this year. Senior Michael Sikra is back after shooting 78 last year in the All “A” state tourney. Sam Cornett, last year’s sixth man, is a new starter this year.
“We got a few wins under our belt this year unlike last year,” Cahill said. “We’ve had some really solid practices lately. Hopefully we can go down there and execute.”
St. Henry will be paired with usually strong All “A” contenders Somerset, Owensboro Catholic and Lexington Christian during the tournament.
Holy Cross senior Nolan Schrand will play in the All “A” state tourney after winning the individual Ninth Region championship. He shot 77 in last year’s All “A” state tourney. Mitchell Schilling of Beechwood also represents the Ninth Region. Walton-Verona’s Ben Elstun qualified from the Eighth.
Bishop Brossart won the 10th Region boys, led by Jerod Baynum, who was the individual champion. He will team up at state with Adam Owens, Ethan Ellerman, Mike Gelman and Christian Blair. Brossart won the KHSAA 10th Region last year and Baynum is the lone returning starter from that group.
St. Henry and Brossart also won their girls regional championships and will play Saturday in Somerset at a different course, Woodson Bend. Abby Cook of Brossart was the individual regional champ. She competed in the KHSAA state tourney last year as well.