Flyers in lead, Cook medalist in Hilen 1st round

By Linda Younkin Published:

Franklin County’s boys golf team is leading after the first round of the Hilen Cup, but Tuesday’s score had head coach James Myers asking “what if?”

The Flyers shot 158 Tuesday at Juniper Hill to lead Western Hills by seven shots.

“I’m never disappointed when we win,” Myers said, “but we left a lot out there. What’s disappointing is from tee to green we played pretty solid, but we missed 11 putts within three feet.”

That was also surprising to Myers, whose team has been putting well in matches leading up to Tuesday.

“That’s why it’s so disappointing,” he said. “We’re a very young, immature but maturing team, and this is one of those growing pains you have with eighth and ninth graders and an inexperienced 10th grader.”

The second round of the Hilen Cup will be Aug. 28 and the third round Sept. 11. Each team and player will get to drop their worst score from the three rounds to come up with their final score.

FCHS’ Jacob Cook was medalist Tuesday with an even-par 35. Caleb Hughes shot 40, followed by Luke Kellerman 41, Will Molen 42, and Ben Nolan 45.

Travis Hammond led Western Hills with a 40. Chris Hughes shot 41, and Nick Wilkins, Macaulay Hurst and Blake Simpson all finished with a 42.

The Wolverines have gotten off to a good start this season, winning their first two Central Kentucky Conference matches.

WHHS defeated Shelby County at Juniper Hill and Spencer County at Tanglewood Golf Course last week.

“Chris Hughes was medalist against Shelby County with a 36, followed by Nick Wilkins with a 37,” WHHS coach Warren Mitchell said. “Our No. 5 player shot 42.

“I was real pleased with our score, but it’s what you expect when you play on your home course where you practice several days a week.”

Last Thursday Western Hills defeated Spencer County.

“The scores were a little higher,” Mitchell said, “but that was a much tougher course, a lot longer, and the rough there really penalizes you.”

Hughes had WHHS’ low score with a 40, and the No. 5 player shot 45.

“We played pretty consistent from top to bottom,” Mitchell said. “Our higher scores are coming down, which is good, but what we need to do to be more competitive is get our top scores down closer to par.

“You can’t shoot in the 40s, from one to five, and expect to do very well.”

FCHS has also started quickly this season, winning conference matches at Mercer County and Woodford County.

“I’m proud of them,” Myers said about Tuesday’s round, “but I don’t want them to be satisfied with a 158. The encouraging thing for me today is an eighth grader was madder than anyone.

“Will Molen is a player, and when you’ve got a kid playing in his first Hilen Cup, coming up and telling teammates we left a lot out there and the score shouldn’t be that close, that’s encouraging.”

The Flyers are right back in action Thursday, playing Shelby County at Weissinger Hills in a conference match. WHHS doesn’t play again until next Tuesday when it hosts Anderson County at Juniper Hill.

“I have a strong feeling the Hilen Cup is going to be very, very tightly contested the last two rounds,” Myers said. “Western Hills is a lot better than they played today, and we’re not going to get another 165 from them.

“I’d like to think we’re a little better than 158.”

In the junior varsity match Tuesday, WHHS won with a score of 186, and FCHS shot 191.

Western Hills’ Chase Mahoney was medalist with a 42, followed by Will Collins 46, Peter Gall 49, Nelson Hoover 49, and Kyle Fisher 65.

Will Harnice and John Harnice both shot 45 to lead the Flyers. FCHS’ other scores were Sam Nolan 48, Alex Kropf 53, and Chris Talley 54.

In the Flyers’ win against Woodford County at Woodford Hills, Luke Kellerman had the low score for FCHS with a 38, not Jacob Cook as reported.

Cook shot a 39 in that match.

In the Wolverines’ CKC matches they defeated Shelby County 154-174 and Spencer County 171-193.

Against Shelby County the WHHS scores were Hughes 36, Wilkins 37, Hurst 40, Hammond 41, and Simpson 42.

Hughes shot 40 against Spencer, followed by Hammond 42, Hurst 44, Wilkins 45, and Simpson 45.

The Wolverines won the JV match against Shelby 188-205, and Gall was the medalist with a 42.

Gall was also medalist in the JV match with a 43 against Spencer County, which didn’t have enough players for a team score.

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