Moreland, Livingood tee off at state meet

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By Matt Birkholtz

Grant County is being represented in the 2011 Leachman  Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament, by Williamstown senior Sean Moreland and Grant County senior Tim Livingood. The tournament was played Oct. 4-5 at the Bowling Green Country Club.

Moreland, who edged out Livingood by a stroke in the regional tournament in Maysville, Sept. 28, said he was impressed with his performance, especially after they way he started.

“I had been struggling early and towards the middle of the season, I found my swing again,” he said. “I was happy for how I performed, considering the conditions we were playing in with all of the rain and how soft of the course.”

Rain, which caused two separate delays, also brought issues for both Moreland and Livingood, but both were able to overcome.

Moreland said the course was tight and narrow, but what was more important to him was that he edged out Livingood by a stroke.

“That is pretty exciting to know I can play with him and I score just as well as he can, knowing how good of a golfer he is,” Moreland said. “It is definitely a confidence booster for me.”

Livingood is happy to be making the trip back to Bowling Green Country Club one last time as a Grant County Brave.

“I think it is fitting with both of us being seniors and proving we are the two best golfers in the county,” Livngood said. “I think that both of us should have strong showings in Bowling Green.”

Moreland shot 14 over par with an 86 and Livingood shot a 15 over par with an 87.

Livingood garnered interest in the sport from friend and former teammate Zach Wright.

“It leads to Zach. He has always been out there and he asked me to give it a try and I fell in love with the sport,” Livingood said. “We have been growing in the sport together and he has been driving me to get better.”

With this being the end of their high school golf careers, both Moreland and Livingood gave credit to their coaches for them being successful.

“(Sean Binder) has told me to not play with the other guys, but focus on what I have to accomplish on the course. He wants me to think I am just practicing on the course.”

Moreland added that Binder helped him realize it can be like practice and by being calm he can get thoughts out of his head and play a better game.

Robinson said Livingood has been more like a son to him than just a player.

“I get emotional thinking about it. I love him to death,” Robinson said. “It has been great to see a kid growing up from a young adult into what I see as being an adult. He has been good to me and he has been respectful. It is like sending your child off to college. Nancy and Greg lose a son, but I feel I lose a son too.”