Ea­gles eye­ing Cup

East­side golf lead­ing New­ton Cup at half­way point

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO Sports Ed­i­tor

The East­side golf team con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the New­ton Cup, with both its girls’ and boys’ teams lead­ing at the half­way point.

East­side, New­ton and Al­covy’s girls’ teams played nine holes, while the boys’ teams played 18 holes of scram­ble-for­mat golf Thurs­day.

The Lady Ea­gles cur­rently sit on top with 95, fol­lowed by Al­covy at 102 and New­ton at 107. East­side’s boys’ team leads the way with 210, fol­lowed by Al­covy at 240 and New­ton at 281.

The girls will fin­ish their round of 18, and the boys will play a round of scratch-play on April 11.

There were no sur­prises Thurs­day with the Ea­gles tak­ing a com­mand­ing lead and the girls’ race be­ing tight.

The Lady Tigers are within seven strokes thanks in part to No. 1 golfer Kelsey Knight. Knight shot a 45, keep­ing pace with her pre­vi­ous rounds.

“She has been pretty steady the last two or three times out,” Al­covy coach Chris New­shan said. “She’s been right there in the mid-40’s.”

Al­covy’s first group shot 4-over par, some­thing New­shan said he hopes the rest of the groups can do dur­ing the sec­ond round. He’s also look­ing for Knight to con­tinue im­prov­ing to pace her teammates.

“Kelsey has a cou­ple of bad holes ev­ery 9,” New­shan said. “If she can get rid of those it re­ally picks it up a lit­tle bit, and we can get back in it.”

East­side’s boys were in it from the early go­ing Thurs­day get­ting the usual per­for­mance out of its No. 1 and 2 golfers, Quinn Mur­phy and Bran­don Shives. The pair shot 68, while the team of East­side’s third and fourth golfers, Jor­dan Leifels and Matt Mitchell shot 69.

The most pleas­ant sur­prise was the pair­ing of Jack Mitchell and Dy­lan Leach, who shot 73.

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“I’m re­ally proud of my third group, our fifth and sixth golfers,” East­side coach Jay Cawthon said. “They hit 2-un­der par. It was im­pres­sive, I’m sure they helped each other out.”

The coaches will look to speed up the next round of the New­ton Cup as Thurs­day ended af­ter 8:30 in dark con­di­tions.

Bryan Fazio/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Quinn Mur­phy chips a ball from the rough dur­ing Thurs­day’s New­ton Cup. The boys played an 18-hole scram­ble Thurs­day and will play a straight 18hole match on April 11.

Pho­tos by Bryan Fazio/the Cov­ing­ton News

East­side’s Jack Mitchell drives a ball off the tee in the New­ton Cup Thurs­day.

Al­covy and New­ton’s golf teams trail East­side and Em­i­lie Jones af­ter nine holes of the New­ton Cup.

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