LEXINGTON - The Franklin County boys golf team suffered another heartbreaking day on the golf course in the regional tournament, while Western Hills and Frankfort High each had plenty of reasons to smile.
The Flyers, one of the favorites to advance out of the state's toughest region, were two strokes short of their goal, coming in fourth place Tuesday at the Kearney Hill Golf Links.
Western Hills senior Michael Burton turned in the best local finish, firing a 6-over par 78 while Frankfort High junior Taylor Hicks was just behind Burton with a 79.
Freshman Chandler Gilbert, of Henry Clay, was medalist after he defeated Lexington Christian sophomore Derek Oldham in a one-hole playoff with the help of a 15-foot birdie putt. Both golfers shot 74 on the day.
Oldham qualified for state as an individual, along with Shelby County's Chris Isenberg, who shot a 75, and Woodford County's Brett Wright, who shot 76.
Only the top two teams in each region advance to the state meet, which will be next week at Eagle Trace in Morehead. Those two teams will be Henry Clay and Lafayette.
The Blue Devils won the tournament with a 313, 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Lafayette. The Generals were one stroke ahead of George Rogers Clark and two shots ahead of the Flyers.
It was a rough day for Franklin County all around as no player managed to break 80. It was even rougher considering the Flyers have beaten Henry Clay and Lafayette in every tournament this season except for one.
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