Flyer Classic underway despite setbacks

By Linda Younkin Published:

GEORGETOWN – The Flyer Classic is a rarity in high school golf, a regular-season tournament that lasts two days.

It’s what has helped make the tournament one of the state’s top events, and it’s what almost didn’t happen this year.

“To go from a tournament in danger of being cancelled to being able to play Day One in a span of less than 16 hours, I think things went fantastic,” Franklin County boys golf coach James Myers said.

The first round of the tournament was played Monday at Canewood Golf Course, and the second round is being played today at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.

St. Xavier leads the tournament with a score of 287, 16 shots ahead of Corbin in second place. St. X’s Cooper Musselman shot a four-under par 68 for a three-shot lead.

Monday’s round was supposed to be played at Frankfort Country Club, but damage caused by Friday’s storms forced a change of venue.

“We definitely appreciate Don Wilshire and Canewood for giving us a place to play and keeping this a two-day event instead of just one day,” Myers said, “and Billy Sargent, the coach at Scott County, too.

“A big thank you goes to those individuals. If not for them we might not have been able to play today, and it would be a one-day event.”

Which, after 13 years, Myers didn’t want to see.

“This has become one of the premier events in all of Kentucky golf because it’s a two-day event,” he said. “Teams across the state look forward to this tournament because if they’re fortunate to play at state, this is formatted like the state tournament.”

FCHS and Western Hills are the two local teams in the tournament.

The Flyers’ Jacob Cook shot 75 to lead the local players, and Travis Hammond had WHHS’ low score with an 85.

Franklin County had a team score of 344, and the Wolverines are at 351.

Besides Musselman there were two other under-par rounds – Billy Tom Sargent of Scott County and Conner Maquet of Corbin both shot 71.

Branden Doyle of St. X and Mathew Mahle of Lexington Catholic finished at even-par 72, followed by St. Xavier’s Stephen Stallings and Corbin’s Cody Ellis at 73, and St. X’s Ben Sullivan and Will Sallee of Lafayette at 74.

Cook is tied for 10th place with Gray Gupton of Ballard, Dillon Biddle of Bourbon County, Blake Cartwright of George Rogers Clark, and Ryan Ludt of Lexington Christian.

Today’s final round started at 8 a.m.

The local scores and the team standings are listed below.

FCHS (344) – Jacob Cook 75, Luke Kellerman 81, Will Molen 100, Ben Nolan 93, John Harnice 95.

WHHS (351) – Nick Wilkins 92, Chris Hughes 87, Travis Hammond 85, Kris Perry 87, Macauley Hurst 100.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. St. Xavier 287, 2. Corbin 303, 3. Lexington Christian 313, 4. Ballard 317, 4. Dunbar 317, 6. Lexington Catholic 318, 6. Bourbon Co. 318, 8. George Rogers Clark 320, 9. Scott Co. 321, 10. Elizabethtown 325, 11. Lafayette 341, 11. Collins 341, 13. Woodford Co. 342, 14. Montgomery Co. 343, 15. Franklin Co. 344, 16. Henry Clay 349, 17. Western Hills 351, 17. Rowan Co. 351, 19. Bullitt East 355, 20. Greenup Co. 361, 21. Mercer Co. 386, 22. Bath Co. 409, 23. Harrison Co. 417.

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