Union County was happy to win at Highland Lake this weekend — for more reason than one.
The golf course in Richmond is also the site for both this year’s Tri-Eastern Conference and sectional tournaments.
The Patriots have won two tournaments at Highland this year, taking both Saturday’s Bi-County Invitational as well as the season-opening Richmond Invitational in late July.
“I love it,” said UC coach Tony Gulley, whose team will also be at Highland this Thursday for a dual match with Centerville. “It makes you know you have a chance. That’s all you can say.
“We have a long way to go still — just keep going and playing well.”
The TEC Tournament is Sept. 8, the same day Richmond travels for the North Central Conference Tournament.
Winchester won last year’s TEC Tournament.
Union County captured Saturday’s Bi-County title by posting a school record team score of 328.
Union County’s Ryleigh Waltz was medalist with her low score of 69, while Maureen Miller shot 84, Breeanna McClure 86 and Shelby Hale 89.
“It’s very nice because we still have to play the conference here and the sectional here,” Waltz said. “Getting that confidence boost in a smaller tournament like this, we all know we can come out and shoot those low scores here, so when the big day comes, we are prepared.”
Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, Hagerstown, Knightstown, New Castle, Richmond, Rushville and Tri High will compete in the sectional at Highland Lake.
Richmond won last year’s title — its fifth straight — by edging Union County by one stroke.
Hagerstown coach Lloyd Michael was glad to see his team get some extra time on the sectional course as the Tigers took second at the Bi-County event.
“I love the fact that we can play this Bi-County here,” Michael said. “This is almost like a trial run. It gives you an opportunity to kind of see how you stand and what you need to work on, playing this course.
“We’ll go work on that and see if we can’t get better.”