Portz led the way, shooting 82-80—162 and finishing third overall. Senior Luke Schlicher shot 86-80—166, tying for fifth, and was followed by senior Hunter Clark (82-88—170) and juniors Seth Fearn (92-87—179) and Eric Myers (98-101—199).
“It means a lot,” Schlicher said. “When me and Hunter and Clay were first starting out golfing, that’s all we talked about: going to state and winning. We didn’t really think we would be here.”
It had to be Kenton Ridge’s day when Portz’s tee shot on 18 hit Kenton Ridge student Michael Knotts, who was standing with Athletic Director Kris Spriggs on the cart path a long way from the tee. The ball had been heading toward a pond, but ended up with a good lie just off the fairway.
“We’ve built a good tradition here the last few years,” coach Chris White said. “We just couldn’t get over that hump. Today we got over the hump. It was a long two days in tough conditions, but they deserve it. They’re the best team in the state.”