Congratulations to our Boys Golf team for winning the Region and moving on to the KHSAA State Tournament! Not only did our team win the region, but all five members of our roation finished in the top ten places led by Jansen Preston at number one. This is what Josh Moore had to say over at the Lexington Herald Leader, "
Jansen Preston on Thursday arrived at Kearney Hill Golf Links wearing a blue-and-gray shirt, black shoes and a black hat with a white “PING” logo across the front and sides.
He left the course in a white-and-gray shirt, white shoes and a hat with the same signage but reversed color scheme. His pocket was heavier too, as it carried the individual titlist medal from the 2018 9th Region boys’ golf championship.
Preston prevailed through rain, falling temperatures and a two-hole playoff to help lead Lexington Christian Academy to this year’s team title. He shot a 2-under-70 in regulation to force an extra hole against Madison Central’s Clay Pendergrass, and then exchanged birdies with Pendergrass on that hole to force a second playoff. Preston got on the green with his third shot and birdied to beat Pendergrass by a stroke his third time on No. 18, a par-5.
LCA shot a 287 to best runner-up Madison Central by 13 strokes. Both teams advanced to the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Tournament next weekend in Bowling Green. Parker Clarke (Henry Clay), Tyler Hart (Lafayette) and Brody Webb (Scott County) qualified for state as individuals.
Preston was inches short on a birdie putt that would have clinched the individual title in regulation. That was nowhere close to his biggest blunder Thursday.
“It’s very important to stay dry all day. You gotta have a bunch of towels, and I only had one, so that was a mistake,” Preston said with a laugh. “I thought that’d be all I needed. A little mental error there.”
The tournament was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was moved to Thursday because of poor weather conditions earlier this week. Rain wasn’t in the forecast until Thursday morning, and a steady drizzle affected the leaders through most of the front nine before getting heavier on the back. A 30-minute delay went into effect at about 2:30. Precipitation was much calmer after the delay, but there was a noticeable drop in temperature on an already nippy day.
“I changed pretty much a whole wardrobe,” Preston said. “Everything was wet.”
LCA won its third state title last season behind a performance that earned Preston an individual title. A repeat is on the Eagles’ minds.
“Once we go to state, we’ve just got to map the course correctly like we did last year and everything will be good,” Preston said. “I’ve heard it’s supposed to rain a lot, too, so we’ve just got to be prepared. Bring more towels.”
LCA wishes a good tournament for our boys team in the State Tournament next week! (Make sure you bring more than one towel!)