Thursday, April 24, 2014


The St. Catharine Patriots took to the links for the last time in the spring season to compete for a chance a Mid-South Conference championship.

For the past three years the St. Catharine College Patriots have served as the host school for the Lee’s Famous Recipe Mid-South Conference Golf Championship, but came into the 2014 tournament with a whole new attitude. “We are excited to play host once more” said Head Coach Joan Rizer. “Our kids work hard for this opportunity all season and this year we really had a chance to make an impact.” In round one of the tournament the St. Catharine men made noise early when Michael Hardin (Bardstown, Ky.) shot a team high 71, staying one stroke under the par of 72. Following close behind Matthew Bloom would shoot three over with a 75 to keep the Patriots in team contention. For Bloom, the best was yet to come as he would tack down a 71 on day two to propel the Patriots into fourth place in the team standings. Bardstown native Cole Ballard, would see the team’s best improvement on day two at his home course shooting a 78 in his first conference tournament appearance, a six stroke improvement from day one.

With day two in the mirror, Bloom was set to lead his Patriots to a top five victory and have a chance at earning a spot in the national tournament. Bloom was able to hang around the top three on the leader board throughout the first 15 holes of play, but was unable to overcome late mistakes to fall four over on the day. The 75 that Bloom posted on day three gave him a three day total of 221 just four strokes from qualifying for the national tournament. However, Bloom’s play earned him a spot on the All Mid-South Conference Second Team roster and a fourth place finish overall. As a team the Patriots would finish sixth overall with a three day total of 942, just a mere nine strokes from the top five.

For the Lady Patriots, Ashley McKenty (Benton, Ky.) would lead the way shooting a three day total of 279. McKenty scored her best round on day three, posting a 91. Day two produced the best score for the Patriots when Katy Laman (Liberty, Ky.) posted a 90, just one stroke better than teammate McKenty. Drew Ison (Winchester, Ky.) scored the greatest improvement when she lowered her score by nearly 20 strokes to nail down a 99.

The conference tournament marks the end of the season for the Patriots, but Head Coach Joan Rizer has a full class ready to compete in 2014-2015. “We have a lot of good kids coming” said Rizer. “We get a lot of talent back and will continue to build with next year’s class.”