Central High School golf returned to Bear Trace on Monday, September 30, to open up postseason play in the district tournament. Three CHS golfers made the cut to play in the upcoming region tournament at Bear Trace on Thursday, October 3 as individuals.
Both Lady Raider golfers earned a spot in the regional. Maggie Crouch posted a 116, with Cadie Prater following at 124. As a team, the girls combined for a 240.
"The biggest thing is they have worked and improved themselves and got themselves in position to where they can do this," Coach Mike Ray said. "They played a much better round in tournament play than they have in the other tournaments that we've played in. I feel like they were a little more focused."
Both Crouch and Prater are freshmen golfers. Since the duo were the first girls to play on the team in two years, Ray said he hoped that they will continue to grow their skills over the course of their CHS careers.
"It's just great to have girls. You want to be able to compete in everything that we have," Ray explained. "They've got lot of time ahead of them and we want to be able to play and compete in every aspect that we can as far the high school."
On the boys' side, Chris Robinson led the team with a score of 85. After waiting out the result of playoff matches, Robinson held on to earn the final qualifying spot for regionals.
A junior, Robinson played on the golf team his freshman year, but did not start. He returned to the team in 2019 after not playing his sophomore year. This was his first time qualifying for the region tournament.
"To take a year off and then come back and climb up the ranks and to finish the year playing our number two is quite an accomplishment," Ray said. "But to then go on and qualify for the region, that's quite an accomplishment, so we're very proud of him and hope he has a great day."
Robinson was followed by Logan Hale with a score of 87. Chase Hancock finished with a 93. David O'Connor recorded a 112. Avery Hill rounded out the boys with a 118.
As a team, the Red Raiders finished with a 377 to take fifth place overall.