Boyle finishes third in region, sends two to State

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2019

BARDSTOWN — The Boyle County girls golf team put in a good showing in the 4th Region Tournament Monday morning at Bardstown Country Club.

As a team, the Lady Rebels shot a 402, good for third place in the region. Anderson County finished first with a 367 and qualified for the state tournament as a team. 

Riley Cerqueira and her sister Maggie both shot 86 to take the final two spots for individual qualifiers.

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Along with the Cerqueira sisters, the Boyle team consisted of Carly Durham, Paige Newby and Ella Grace Gover. The third place showing is a strong one for a team that only had two upperclassmen on the roster (Riley and Newby) and was filled with freshmen or younger.

Riley Cerqueira also shot an 86 to join her younger sister in the state tournament. (Photo Derek Brightwell)

Throughout the year, first year head coach John Cerqueira was proud of his team for how they progressed and kept a positive attitude. That culminated with a strong showing in the regionals.

This golf season — and specifically the regional tournament — was different for a couple of reasons. First, the regions were realigned, and coach Cerqueira said at the beginning of the season that it was such a shift that he wasn’t entirely sure who was in the region. The biggest change, though, came in how teams qualified for the state. Previously, the top two teams qualified with the trade off of taking fewer individuals. 

Emily Bechtel (88) of Mercer County finished just two strokes shy of advancing beyond the regionals.

The state tournament will be played over three days beginning Monday, Oct. 7 at Bowling Green Country Club.