LANCASTER – The Franklin County boys golf team was runner-up Saturday in the Garrard County Invitational to Corbin, which has qualified for state five straight years and has finished in the top five in each of the last two years.
FCHS had a team score of 316 to Corbin’s 296.
“Today was very emotional for me as a coach,” FCHS coach James Myers said. “My very young Flyers grew up right before my eyes today against a great Corbin Redhound team, who has several players that are the children of my high school classmates and relatives to me.”
Myers is an alumnus of Corbin High School.
“They were all so impressed and complimentary of our young and very talented and determined kids,” Myers said. “It meant so much for our best invitational performance of the last five seasons to happen while being paired in the same group with Corbin.”
FCHS’ Jacob Cook continued his excellent play by firing a 1-under par 70. Cook began his day with a double bogey, but played his final 17 holes 3-under par. Cook tied with senior Cody Ellis of Corbin for medalist honors but lost on a one-hole playoff.
Another great performance for the Flyers was the ever-improving play of sophomore Luke Kellerman. Kellerman fired a new career low round of 3-over 74 today.
“Luke is really coming into his own,” Myers said. “Luke is finally starting to realize what a great player he can become. An immensely talented young man, Luke is beginning to put the mental and emotional aspects of the game together. Kellerman and Cook are the best 1-2 combo we’ve had at Franklin County in several years. I am so proud of my team for their play today, but more than their second place finish, the integrity and grit with which they continue to perform.
“They are such a determined and high character group of kids and we are taking baby steps toward getting this program back to where it was in the late 90s through mid to late 2000s.”
Other scores for FCHS were Will Molen 85, Caleb Hughes 87 and Will Harnice 92.