Gaines, FCHS lead Hilen Cup after one round

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

There are close races all around after the first round of the Hilen Cup Tuesday afternoon at Juniper Hill.

Franklin County's boys golf team shot 148, good for a four-stroke lead over Western Hills. Frankfort High finished at 170.

FCHS senior Brandon Gaines was medalist with an even-par 35 Tuesday, leading Western Hills' Sean Rodgers by a stroke. FCHS' Lee Rarden and WHHS' Blake Baker were another stroke back at 37.

"We have the lead, so I'm happy," FCHS coach James Myers said, "but I think (WHHS coach) Jeff (Bibb) and I agree that neither one played their best golf today.

"I think it's the end of the season and our kids are so focused on the region that they didn't come ready to play," he added. "We've been in a slump for about three weeks. We have not played well lately."

The regional tournament is Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Kearney Hills.

The Hilen Cup is a three-day competition among the three local high school boys golf teams. Each team and individual gets to throw out their worst score from the three days with the winning team receiving the Hilen Cup and the winning individual receiving the Geno Benassi Memorial Award. The competition continues today and concludes Thursday.

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