Double Eagle: Lexington Christian boys sweep state golf championships
BY JOSH MOORE
Photo Courtesy, Elliott Pratt Bowling Green Daily News
OCTOBER 04, 2017 4:38 PM
After the first round of play on Tuesday, Lexington Christian Academy entered Wednesday in the mix for the individual and team titles at the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Championship in Bowling Green.
By mid-afternoon Wednesday, it was clear the Eagles were taking both trophies home. LCA won its third state team title, and first since going back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, with a three-stroke win over St. Xavier, 584 to 587, at Bowling Green Country Club.
Jansen Preston, a sophomore, shot 7-under 137 through both rounds to become the first golfer in school history, boy or girl, to win an individual KHSAA state title. He won the All “A” Classic individual title earlier this year (as did LCA’s team). He finished three strokes better than defending champion Cullan Brown, a Lyon County senior who’s committed to UK.
C.M. Mixon, a junior at South Warren, finished third with a 3-under 141. Jackson LaLonde, an LCA junior who won the 9th Region individual title last week at Kearney Hill Golf Links, finished tied for fourth with St. Xavier’s Drew Doyle at 2-under 142.
Preston tied for fourth last week at the regional. This week was his, though it didn’t look like it early Wednesday. He was 2-over par through his first four holes in the second round.
“It really just helped me to get mad and try not to be a victim,” Preston, contacted by the Herald-Leader via a phone interview, said of his rough start.
The sophomore rebounded, shooting birdies on holes No. 5, 6 and 8 to go to 1-under through the front nine. He had four more birdies on Nos. 11, 14, 17 and 18.
Preston was unaware that he led the field with three holes left to play.
“I told no one to tell me,” he said.
LCA Coach Eric Geldhof, who’s coached the program to all three of its team state titles, was “just so proud” see an Eagle take the individual crown for the first time.
“To do what he did coming down the stretch is unbelievable,” Geldhof said. “He’s so coachable, too. He really is. We can’t be more proud.”
Some LCA golfers last week thought they would fare better at Bowling Green Country Club than at Kearney Hill Golf Links because it would benefit their drivers. The Eagles took state preparation to heart and entered with a playbook for each hole.
“We planned very well,” Geldhof said. “Every one of them had books and we planned it all out. So if they had a bad hole, they could just switch the page and be able to tackle the next hole.”
Madison Central, which defeated LCA by one stroke for the 9th Region team title, finished eighth as a team. Franklin County’s Will Harnice was ninth overall as an individual with a 1-over 145.
Lafayette sophomore Henry Lane shot a 3-over 147 to finish in a tie for 11th place while Dunbar’s Ethan Hill tied for 39th overall with a 10-over 77.