Saturday, October 09, 1999

Putting dooms Erlewine

CovCath golfer finishes 24th at state tourney

Enquirer contributor

        RICHMOND, Ky. — Covington Catholic sophomore Mark Erlewine can drive a golf ball 280 yards, but it was his putting that cost him in Friday's final round of the boys state tournament.

        Erlewine shot a 6-over-par 78 at Gibson Bay Golf Course, finishing the two-round event tied for 24th place with a 10-over 154. Brandon Waldrop of Louisville St.Xavier won individually with a 3-under 141; St.X beat George Rogers Clark in a one-hole playoff for the team title.

        “I missed a lot of 5-footers that I normally make,” Erlewine said. “... I wanted to play good both days and be in contention, but it just didn't click.”

        Winds up to 20 mph steered Erlewine's shots all over the course.

        “I have a high ball flight, so I really have to try my best to keep the wind from taking it off target,” Erlewine said. “I'm disappointed, but I have to take what I get.”

        Erlewine had a 1-over-par 37 with nine holes to play Friday, but putting cost him on the back nine.

        “When I missed a 5-footer for par on 10 (and) then double (bogeyed) 11, I kind of lost it,” Erlewine said.

        The other two Northern Kentuckians still alive Friday, CovCath junior Bret Wilcox and Beechwood senior Cooper Sawyer, had to write off their respective second rounds as a bad day. Wilcox shot a 19-over-par 91 and tied for 84th place with a two-day total of 27-over 171. Sawyer's 23-over 94 Friday dropped him to 92nd with a combined 30-over 174.

        “I'm definitely going to forget about this,” Wilcox said. “I know I'm a better golfer than this.”

        Like Erlewine, Wilcox and Sawyer largely failed to adjust to the wind. Wilcox was so frustrated, he broke his driver after an errant shot.

        “It was tough to judge distance,” Wilcox said. “Some (shots went over the green), and when I tried to correct, it went short.”

        CovCath coach Rick Hornsby said missing the cut by one stroke Thursday to contend for the team title may have affected Erlewine and Wilcox a little Friday. But Hornsby wasn't too disappointed, because the entire team is back next year.

        “We didn't shoot a great score, but we didn't shoot a bad score,” Hornsby said. “We just have to work harder and get better at the short game.”


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