The George Rogers Clark boys golf team opened the season with a ninth-place finish in the Five-Star General Invitational over the weekend at Picadome Golf Course in Lexington.
The Cardinals posted a 318, while West Jessamine captured the tournament with a 1-under-par 287. St. Xavier Green was second with a 297, followed by school's Gold squad with a 304.
Blake Cartwright paced Clark with a 3-over-par 75, followed by teammate Jacob Omohundro with a 77. Ross Todd fired an 81 and Jett Clarke finished with an 85. Matthew Omohundro had an 86 and rounded out the Cards' five entrees in the one-day event. The top four scores were counted on the team's final tally.
“Overall, I feel that this was a good start to tournament play,” Clark coach Kevin Cope said. “This tournament allowed us to get rid of the nerves that come along with the first tournament of the year. Of course, I would have liked us to finish better than what we did, but we are going to build off of this experience in order to improve our play in future tournaments.”
Cartwright's scorecard included two double bogeys and four birdies.
“Blake is a competitor,” Cope said. “He was able to fight through the hot weather and a couple rough shots to put us in a position to finish where we did.”
Cope also liked the way Jacob Omohundro produced in his team's first outing of the season.
“Jacob Omohundro really stepped up for us today as well battling through some bad shots to shoot a pretty good score,” Cope said. “For example, he double bogeyed the 7th hole (Par 3), but then he followed that up with a eagle on the 8th (Par 4).”