The Tiger Golf team won another Invitational this weekend, as they traveled to Lexington and won by 12 strokes over Greenwood High School. The Tigers shot -1 as a team.
Tiger Golf Scores
Matt Liston – 68
Mike Sass – 71
Allen Hamilton – 73
Billy Basham – 75
Drew Kiehl – 76
NEXT INVITATIONAL: Saturday, August 29th – Madison Central Invitational – Noon
School officially starts next Friday, but Tiger Golf has already begun their season. The Tigers began the season with two wins at the Five Star General Lafayette Invitational and the Olde Stone Invitational. They placed 2nd at the Kentucky Cup.
5-Star General Lafayette Invitational
1. St. Xavier (-9)
2. Madison Central (+18)
3. Jackson County (+26)
T4. Trinity (+28)
1. Billy Basham (-3)
T2. Michael Sass (-3)
4. Matt Liston (-2)
5. Allen Hamilton (-1)
6. Drew Kiehl (E)
Olde Stone Invitational
1. St. Xavier (+7)
2. Lexington Christian Academy (+18)
3. Franklin County (+20)
4. Taylor County (+23)
T4. Drew Kiehl (E)
T6. Allen Hamilton (+1)
T6. Billy Basham (+1)
T19. Michael Sass (+5)
T21. Matt Liston (+6)
Kentucky Cup Invitational
1 McCracken County (+6)
2. St. Xavier (+7)
T3. Union County (+9)
T3. Greenwood (+9)
5. St. Xaiver II (+13)
T2. Matt Liston (-1)
T6. Michael Sass (E)
T13. Cameron Clark (+2)
T13. Andrew Sullivan (+2)
T23. Billy Basham (+3)
T30. Jay Kirchdorer (+4)
T43. Drew Kiehl (+5)
T43. Joseph Allen (+5)
T50. Christian Olsen (+6)
T76. Allen Hamilton (+11)
NEXT: Kentucky Invitational Tournament (Saturday), 17th Annual Flyer Classic (Tuesday)
On Tuesday night, The Tigers drubbed the Collegiate Titans from start to finish. Connor McKim and C.J. Shanklin shined, but it was an overall team effort, as 14 players saw action. Keep in mind, starting guard Ashanti Burgess was unavailable with a bruised calf. The final score was 66-27; let’s see how it got there.
Stats of the Game
1. Connor McKim had a game high 16 points going 6-7 on field goals and 4-5 from the charity stripe.
2. C.J. Shanklin had a game high 6 rebounds and pulled them down with force; 4 of the 6 were offensive and Shanklin took them right back up and turned them into points.
3. The Tiger Defense forced 26 turnovers. Twenty of them came in the first half. Outstanding.
4. McKim had 5 assists to zero turnovers. If that continues, we are in for a treat this year. This junior point guard is special.
5. Six reserves logged minutes against Collegiate. It’s never too early to get the young bench players some varsity experience.
1. Early in the first quarter Will Olsen had back-to-back layups off steals to build an early 6-0 lead.
2. At one point in the first half, the defense recorded three consecutive steals off the Titan inbound pass, converting all of them into six easy points.
3. Billy Basham hit a three at the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 46-12.
There were very few “pivotal” moments in this game. It was all Tigers, all night.
Handling the Opponent
St. X handled the opponent. Literally. There’s not much to say here. Pure domination on defense and good execution on offense. The Titans shot 33% from the field to the Tigers’ 58%.
This game ball has to go to McKim. He was all over the place and ran the fast break beautifully on several occasions Tuesday night. He touched nearly every column of the stat sheet and did not turn the ball over. He more than made up for the absence of Burgess who should be ready to go for the next Friday’s clash with Cincinnati St. Xavier.
Tweets of the Game
What a beautiful pass it was. The Tigers had 14 assists on the night.
It was undoubtedly a stellar outing by the Green and Gold.
Tiger Golf is looking for its first state championship in five years. After holding the runner-up trophy the past two years, this young team is poised for redemption. Mike Sass and Billy Basham will be the top two guys this year after having state experience, and they will both be only juniors. A plethora of other players look to accompany them this year. Many juniors, including Peter Brown, Matt Liston, Allen Hamilton and Drew Kiehl are ready to make the next step and help take home the state title this year. Seniors Alex Rowland, Jack Berger and Jimmy Gates will add depth and look to make an impact in their final golf season as Tigers.
Sass and Basham have both been active this summer qualifying for national tournaments in Texas. Sass will compete in the 39th Junior PGA Championship after winning the qualifier with scores of 71 and 72 at Bardstown Country Club. This event starts on July 27 and will conclude on August 1st. Last years winner was also from Kentucky, and Sass will look to make the first pair of consecutive winners from the same state since 1993-94, when Pat Perez and Joel Kribel from California did it. Basham will be participating in the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament at Carlton Woods. He will play from July 18-26 and is looking to bring home the championship before the St. X season starts up.
The first tournament for the Tigers is on August 1st at the Five Star General Invitational. Liston is excited for the season to begin.
“We all have been working out together at least twice a week and competing on our own in tournaments. We are ready.”
The season is short and jam packed with events all throughout the state. The season will conclude at Bowling Green Country Club on October 11th when the Tigers will hopefully end their five year drought with a state title.