The Bears’ combined score from Thursday’s action and Monday’s portion at the Harlan Country Club was 317. Harlan posted a 365.
Cody Hensley fired a 70, just one over par, to lead the Black Bears. Hogan Goodwin shot a 77 to capture second place.
“Cody’s done really well,” Harlan County coach Ben Baker said. “He continues to show good improvement. He’s really worked hard on his golf game. I think he’s going to make a good run next week at the regionals and possibly get himself qualified for state.
“I got to watch Hogan last year a little bit as a member of the Cumberland squad. He’s been improving since we got started. It’s going to be a matter of time — it could be next week or next year — but he’s going to really help this team. There’s a possibility for him to make the state, too.”
Rounding out Harlan County’s scores were Lance Short and Gage Mosley, each with an 85; and Billy Colinger, who shot an 87.
Jacob Rich fired an 87 to lead the Green Dragons, followed by Jerrid Pace with a 90. Brandon Hampton and Kyle Howard each shot a 94, and Evan Howard posted a 116.
Hensley, Goodwin and Mosley were chosen by coaches to represent Harlan County on the all-county team. By virtue of a tie, Harlan was represented by Rich, Pace, Hampton and Kyle Howard.
Both teams will return to action Tuesday in the Region 10 Tournament at Wasioto Winds in Pineville.
“I feel good,” Baker said. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement lately out of all of them. Lance is back after taking a little time off (due to an injury). I’ve got two seniors in Gage and Billy Colinger who are coming on strong, and I’ve got an eighth-grader in Jacob Cornett who’s really playing strong right now. The biggest problem I’ve got is having to figure out which one of those guys doesn’t get to play (in the regional tournament).
“We may not contend in the top five, but I think we should definitely place in the top 10. They’ve all got the ability.”