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Braves golfers finish 11th at state championship

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For the second season in a row, the Braves finished 11th of 24 teams from around the state at the 2018 Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac KHSAA State Golf Championship on Oct. 5. 

Head Coach Michael Camacho said going into the tournament, he knew that the better teams were teeing off in the morning session.  He had hoped that if they could knock off three teams in the morning session, then they would have a pretty good chance of making the cut. 

The Braves, in an unusual fashion, struggled. 

Camacho said they didn’t play well, leaving them a long day to wait and see if they made the first cut. Coach Camacho said it came down to the last three holes. They needed two of the three teams to play +2 on the last three holes for the Braves to have a chance.  

For the Braves, Camacho said it was a stomach-turner sitting there for that last hour watching and hoping for the best.  They didn’t know they had made it until the final update online later that evening.  

The Braves finished 11th after day one and then finished in the same position for the tournament.

The 11th place finish matches last year’s finish as well. That ties for the third best finish in Grant County’s history.  They finished ninth in 1993 and second in 1994.

Sophmore Tyler Mitts anchored the team. Camacho says that Mitts is “one tough cookie.” Mitts had a strong season, often finishing either first or second in almost every tournament the Braves played.  

Brother Ryan Mitts didn’t have the finishing tournament he wanted but Camacho said it wasn’t due to preparation.

The Mitts brothers were honored as second team all state.  

The future looks bright for the Braves.  They will continue next season with Tyler Mitts, Lucas Allnutt and the two freshmen, Kyle Lewis and Bryce Spencer.  

Both Lewis and Spencer were pivotal to the Braves making the cut. Camacho is looking forward to them maturing in strength over the next couple of years.  Camacho said Lewis had an outstanding short game and it showed with his 25 putts in the first round. 

Camacho said that this team modeled the proper work ethic.  They want to go back and keep improving their finish and now they know what it takes to get there.

 

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By Tim Seevers, sports correspondent