Under tough course conditions at Hidden Hills Golf Course and Country Club in Tompkinsville due to the lack of rain and extreme heat, the Franklin-Simpson Wildcat boys' golf team finished third in the Region 3 Golf Tournament on Oct. 1.
The team shot a score of 318 and with their third place finish, which was the same finish they had when they competed in the Monroe County Invitational on the same course back in early September.
"Today was impressive," Matt Wilhite said. "We came in third as a team today so I'm really proud of the guys. Good way to end the season for the team. Tough conditions today as it was hot and the course was dry as it could be. You put the ball in the fairways because of the hills, you got some extra roll so you got more distance out of your drives. Proud of them and good players makes coaches look good."
For the second season in a row, junior Dalton Fiveash and sophomore Chase Wilson qualified for this weekend's Leachman/Buick/GMC/Cadillac KHSAA Boys' State Golf Tournament at the Bowling Green Country Club.
Fiveash led the team with an even par score of 72, shooting a score of 39 in his first nine holes played with a 33 in his final nine holes. His score tied him for second overall but with a scorecard playoff using holes 10-18, he finished third.
"I started from the 10th Hole so shooting the back nine holes did not go as planned but I knew on the front nine from my practice round and playing here earlier in the season, I had a better chance to score so I tried to make as many birdies as possible," Fiveash said. "Going back to state means a lot and I want to play well to get a chance to play again on the final day and finish well."
Wilson finished eighth overall as he shot a score of 76, a 39 on his first nine holes with a 37 in his final nine holes.
"I didn't have my "A" game like I did when we played here earlier in the season. I was up and down for the day and didn't play as well as I would have liked to but it was tough to play today," Wilson said. "It is great to get to back to state again and definitely want to play better than I have in the past there. It is a tough course at the Bowling Green Country Club and I will have to work on a couple of things before Friday."
Seniors Ben Harris shot a score of 81 with Alex Stewart firing a score of 89 for the last time for the program.
"It was a rough day but I played better than I did in any tournament this season," Stewart said. "Couldn't hit it straight on this short course. The course has a lot of hills, lot of turns with the wind picking up from time to time but I was able to sink some putts."
"The greens made it a tough day for me today. Not all of the speed on the greens seem to match and on top of that, I had a lot of three putts. It was tough to determine to see how far your putts were going to go from time to time," Harris said. "This was probably the toughest course that team has walked all this season and being 95 degrees or more made it even tougher."
Junior Dawson Owens round out the scoring with a score of 92.
"Today was a rough day with a lot of missed putts and bad shots," Owens said. "Whenever the ball hit the fairways, it rolled and rolled and rolled so it sometimes go off the fairways which led for me to not putt well."
The team title was won by Bowling Green who shot a score of 304 with Greenwood firing a score of 311 to finish second. Only the winning team advanced to this weekend's state tournament.
The top seven individuals that were not on the winning team advanced to the state tournament. Trevor Isenberg from Monroe County won the overall individual title with a score of 67, five under par. Also along with Fiveash and Wilson qualifying were Carson Sturgill and Jacob Long from Greenwood, Nathan Oliver from Edmonson County and Owen Stamper from Allen County-Scottsville.