ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL CAPTURES 20TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE SHOOTING A STATE RECORD 557 TO WIN BY 37 SHOTS
FRANKLIN CO. JUNIOR C.J. JONES WINS INDIVIDUAL TITLE IN A PLAYOFF
St. Xavier High School put an exclamation mark on one of the most dominant seasons in the history of Kentucky High School golf as the Tigers won their 20th title shooting a tournament record 557 (19 under par!!!!!!) at Bowling Green Country Club in the KHSAA/LEACHMAN BUICK GMC CADILLAC BOYS STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.
20-TIME STATE TEAM CHAMPION ST. XAVIER HS
INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPION C.J. JONES OF FRANKLIN CO. HS
C.J. JONES TEES OFF ON #16
The previous record, held by Trinity High School's 579 winning score in 2003, was eclipsed by 22 shots and may very well never be broken again. Taking advantage of the par 5's (St. X played them in 15 under par over the two days), the Tigers never had to look over their shoulder as they built a 15 shot lead after the first round shooting a sizzling 10 under par 278. Allen Hamilton, one of five seniors on the squad, opened with a 7-under par 65. Michael Sass shot 3 under par 69 while Matt Liston shot a 2 under par 70. Billy Basham and Drew Kiehl both shot 2-over par 74's as only one of those scores counted in the team total (the low 4 out of 5 scores count).
TEAM RUNNER-UP FRANKLIN CO. HS
INDIVIDUAL STATE RUNNER-UP CULLAN BROWN OF LYON CO. HS
CULLAN BROWN TEES OFF ON #16
Franklin Co. High School was in second place after the first round with a team score of 293 as the Flyers were lead by Junior C.J. Jones 6 under par 66 and senior Jacob Cook's 4 under par 68. Mason Co. was 3rd after round one as the Royals were lead by senior Tyler Lippert and junior B.J. Knox's 1 under par 71's. Owensboro Catholic was 4th with a score of 300 as the Aces were lead by defending individual champion John Augenstein's 3 under par 69.
TEAM 3RD PLACE FINISHER MASON CO. HS
TEAM 4TH PLACE FINISHER OWENSBORO CATHOLIC HS
The Tigers once again started out of the gate strong in the final round and doubled their 15 stroke cushion to 30 shots with 9 holes to go. They shot 279 (9 under par!!!!) and, as they have done most of the season, placed all five playes inside the top 15. Hamilton (65-72=137) and Sass (69-68=137) finished in a tie for 3rd place; Liston (70--70=140) finished in a tie for 5th place; Basham (74-70=144) finished alone in 14th place while Kiehl (74-71=145) tied for 15th place. Franklin Co. held on to finish runner-up for the second consecutive year as the Flyers shot 301 in the final round for a 594 total. Jones followed his 66 with a 2-under par 70 to finish at 136 (8 under par) while Cook struggled a bit in the final round to shoot 74 and finish at 142. Junior Will Harnice finished with rounds of 79-76=155 while junior Tyler Cleveland posted scores of 81-81=162. Will Molen, also a junior, shot 80-84=164. Mason Co. shot a final round of 302 to maintain 3rd place at 598 as the Royals were lead by Lippert's two day score of 71-71=142. Owensboro Catholic held on to the 4th position as the Aces shot a final round team score of 304 to shoot a 2-day total of 604 and were lead by Augenstein's 140 total. Union Co. made the biggest jump after the first round as the Braves moved up from 9th place to finish 5th with a 2-day total of 607. Junior Rhett Cardwell lead the Braves with scores of 71-71=142.
ALLEN HAMILTON OF ST. XAVIER TEES OFF AT #16 ON HIS WAY TO A T-3RD PLACE FINISH
MICHAEL SASS OF ST. XAVIER TEES OFF AT #16 ON HIS WAY TO A T-3RD PLACE FINISH
MATT LISTON OF ST. XAVIER TEES OFF ON #16 EN ROUTE TO A T-5TH PLACE FINISH
Little did anyone know the individual title would become the top story of the final round...
KYLE JEFFERS OF NORTH LAUREL FINISHED IN 7TH PLACE
HAYDEN ZIMMERER OF CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 8TH PLACE
Hamilton was 2 under par on his final round and lead by three shots with seven holes to go before making a double-bogey six on the par 4 12th hole, his only blemish on the back nine as he parred in to shoot 72. Sophomore Cullan Brown of Lyon Co. who was playing ahead of Hamilton and Jones of Franklin Co., chipped in for an eagle 3 on the par 5 14th hole to jump into a tie with Hamilton. Brown birdied the final hole to get to 8 under par and shoot 136 which put him in the lead by one over Hamilton and two shots over Jones with three holes to play.
TYLER LIPPERT OF MASON CO. HITS HIS TEE SHOT ON #16
Jones then made birdies on the par 4 16th and par 4 17th holes to pull even with Brown as Hamilton needed birdie on the final hole to make it a 3-way playoff at 136. Hamilton missed a 15 foot putt as his ball grazed the high side of the hole to finish one shot back at 137 to tie with Sass. Jones had four birdies and two bogeys in his final round to shoot a 2 under par 70 and finish tied with Brown at 136.
STATE CHAMPION C.J.JONES AND RUNNER-UP CULLAN BROWN
Both players reported back to the 18th hole to compete in a sudden death playoff to determine the state high school individual champion. Neither player took advantage of the par 5 as each player made a bogey 6 to extend the playoff to the par 4 10th hole. Playing 480 yards, Jones and Brown pulled their tee shots left which left them blocked out from hitting the green in two. Jones knocked his approach in the left green-side bunker while Brown punched his second shot short right of the green. Neither player could get up-n-down to save par as the playoff moved to the par 3 11th hole. Jones played a beautiful 8 iron to within 10 feet of the hole while Brown pulled his shot just off the green about 30 feet away. After Brown cozied his putt off the fringe to wtihin 2 feet, Jones played aggressively and knocked his birdie putt 4 feet by the hole. He made a solid stoke to make par while Brown tapped in as the playoff moved to the 12th hole, a 330 yard par 4. After both players hit good drives, Jones knocked his approach to within 8 feet of the hole. Brown responded with a great approach himself as the sophomore knocked a sand wedge to within 5 feet for birdie. Jones then calmly knocked in the 8 footer for a birdie and then watched Brown's 5 foot putt miss on the low side to win the playoff on the 4th extra hole.
RYAN GILLUM OF ELLIOTT CO. HS, WHO FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 8TH PLACE, WAS AWARDED THE BEST & BRIGHTEST FROM THE KHSAA
Sass and Hamilton of St. Xavier finished in a tie for 3rd place at 137 while Augenstein of Owensboro Catholic and Liston of St. Xavier tied for 5th place at 140. Senior Kyle Jeffers finished alone in 7th place with rounds of 71-70=141 while five players tied for 8th place at 142 - senior Ryan Gillum of Elliott Co., junior Hayden Zimmerer of Christian Academy of Louisville, Cook of Franklin Co., Cardwell of Union Co. and Lippert of Mason Co. Junior Chase Landrum of Glasgow High School was next in 13th place shooting rounds of 69-74=143. Basham of St. Xavier was next in 14th place at 144 while junior Mason Lenhart of North Oldham, senior Spencer McKinney of Danville and Kiehl of St. Xavier shot 145 to tie for 15th place at 1-over par.
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CONGRATULATONS TO ALL THE TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!
ALLEN HAMILTON & ERIN ROWLAND CAPTURE TITLES IN 22ND MUSSELMAN-DUNNE GOLF TOUR CHAMIONSHIP AT BIG SPRING COUNTRY CLUB
Allen Hamilton of Louisville shot an even par 70 and Erin Rowland of Louisville fired a 4-over par 74 to capture their respective Championship Division in the Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour (MDGT) Championship held at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville.
Allen Hamilton and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Hamilton, who will be a senior at St. Xavier High School, beat Trinity High School graduate James Inman of Louisville by one shot. Inman fired a 1-over par 71 in his final junior event before heading to Bellarmine University this Fall. Drew Keihl of Louisville and a teammate of Hamilton, shot a 2-over par 72 to finish third. Cameron Clark of Louisville and Zach Taylor of Mt. Washington were next in fourth place as both players shot 75. Justin Baker of Lexington finished alone in sixth place, shooting a 6-over par 76. Five players tied for seventh place and included Scott Wright, Jay Kirchdorfer and Jack Berger of Louisville, Billy Cason of Owensboro and Ethan Breeden of Cox's Creek as all five players shot 77. Cody French of Cox's Creek, Will Molen of Frankfort, Chase Wathen and Billy Basham of Louisville all finished in a tie for 12th place shooting 78.
Erin Rowland and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Rowland, who will be a sophomore at Sacred Heart Academy, won by seven shots over teammate Morgan Tinsley of Louisville. Tinsley fired a 9-over par 81. Sara Bidarian of Lexington and Charlotte Seaton of Sellersburg, IN tied for third place as both players shot 83. Kylie Lysack of Georgetown was next in fifth place shooting 87 while Claire Watts of Shelbyville finished in sixth place.
Michael Murphy and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Caroline McDonald and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Michale Murphy of Shepherdsville won the College Men's Diviison, shooting an 8-over par 78 to defeat Matthew Wilhite of Lousiville. Caroline McDonald of Danville capture the College Women's Division, shooting 84 to win by three shots over Taylor Thompson of Danville.
Cooper Parks and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Cooper Parks of Campbellsville captured the Boys 15-16 division by making a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Zach Whiteman of Prospect. Both players shot 3-over par 73's and were three shots clear of third place finisher Justin Culver of New Haven who shot 76. Kyle Davis of Prospect and Noah Coy of Louisville were next in fourth place, shooting 81 while Shawn DeWeese of Louisville finished alone in sixth place with an 82.
Allan Lockwood and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Allan Lockwood of Elizabethtown recorded the day's low round, shooting a 1-under par 69 to win the Boys 13-14 Division by three shots over Ben Bryant of Louisville. Bryant's 72 was one shot better than Daniel Love of Owensboro who fired a 3-over par 73 to finish third. Jansen Presten of Louisville was next in fourth place, shooting a 4-over par 74 while Hudson Hummel of Louisville finished fifth with a 5-over par 75. Jake Kehoe of Campbellsville finished in sixth place with a 7-over par 77. Miles Parroco of Prospect and Campbell Kremer of Louisville tied for seventh place with 78's.
Alexa Wilson and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Alexa Wilson of Corydon, IN fired an 87 to win the Girls 16-18 Division by five shots over Paige Stamper of Richmond and Lilly Davis of Louisville. Lauren Saltsman of Rineyville finished another shot back in fourth place with 93.
Madison Smith and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Madison Smith of Union captured the Girls 14-15 Division, shooting an 8-over par 78 to defeat Molly Bebelaar of Louisville by two shots. Shelby Darnell of Madisonville was next in third place, shooting an 11-over par 81 while Lucy Suo of Louisville was next in fourth place with an 82. Caroline Washle of Louisville finished in fifth place.
Jason Wang and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Jason Wang of Lexington won the Boys 11-12 Division, shooting an even par 35 to win by two shots over Jack Thomas of Louisville. Thomas fired a 2-over par 37 to finished in second place, one shot ahead of Carter Smith of Sellersburg, IN. Cayden Pope of Lexington and Luke Coyle of Campbellsville were next in fourth place with 4-over par 39's while Cooper Eberle of Richmond finished in sixth place with 40. Drew Wallace of LaGrange, Matthew Troutman of Louisville and Rylan Wotherspoon of Florence tied for seventh place with 41.
Michael Long of Shelbyville shot a 3-over par 38 to win the boys 10 & Under Division over Lucas Bischoff of Jeffersontown. Bischoff shot 45 to finished runner-up, two shot ahead of Micah Sheffer of Brownstown, IN and Drew Tinsley of Louisville.
Jackie Steier and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Jackie Steier of Louisville won the Girls 11-13 Division, shooting 43 to win by five shots over Gracie Elliott of Louisville. Chloe Estravillo of Mt. Washington finished in third place shooting 55.
Amy Suo and Tom Musselman, Sr.
Amy Suo of Louisville captured the Girls 10 & Under Division, shooting a 13-over par 48 to edge Jenna Estravillo of Mt. Washington by one shot.
The MDGT would like to thank Head PGA Professional Gary Bebelaar, PGA General Manager Kelly Maxwell, Superintendent Bob Rogers and their entire staffs for making the MDGT Championship a huge success!!!
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