Franklin County sophomore Jacob Cook finished in the top 20 of the Leachman Buick GMC/KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Tournament Wednesday at Bowling Green Country Club.
Cook entered Wednesday’s round tied for sixth place with a one-over-par 73.
He shot 79 Wednesday for a two-day total of 152, tying for 17th place with West Jessamine’s Austin Swentzel.
“I struggled,” Cook said. “I got off to a bad start and I never recovered.”
Cook opened Wednesday’s round with three straight bogeys. He had five bogeys on the front nine and two on the back, and he shot par on the other 11 holes.
“I played better,” he said about the back nine. “I didn’t play well, but I started to get it together.”
West Jessamine senior Fred Allen Meyer won the tournament, shooting two consecutive rounds of four-under-par 68 (136). St. Xavier senior Brendon Doyle was runner-up at 139.
Rounding out the top five were Clay County junior Tyler McDaniel at 141, Scott County senior Billy Tom Sargent at even par 144, and tied for fifth were South Warren senior Jared Brown, Trigg County senior Nick Choate and West Jessamine junior Connor Haas at 146.
West Jessamine successfully defended its team title with a two-day total of 590, edging St. Xavier by seven shots.
Anderson County senior Lee Robinson, after shooting 78 Tuesday, followed with a 73 Wednesday and tied for 13th place at 151.
“The course played really tough today,” Cook said. “It was longer, the roughs were thick, and the pins were set so close to the edge of the green if you missed a green it was hard to get up and down.”
Cook said nerves weren’t a problem.
“I was relaxed,” he said. “I wanted to go out and play as well as I could. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it happen today.”