Flyers dominate

Cook leads FCHS to 20-stroke win at Flyer Classic

By John Minor Published:

Franklin County’s boys golf team won the Flyer Classic Monday at the Frankfort Country Club.
The Flyers won the 17-team, two-round tournament with a score of 594, 20 strokes clear of Lexington Christian (614). Rounding out the top five were Elizabethtown (641), Henry Clay (644) and Lexington Catholic (648).
Leading the way for the Flyers was Jacob Cook, who finished as the medalist of the tournament.
Cook started the day with an 18-hole school record 6-under 66 in the first round. He had seven birdies and a bogey in the round.
 “It was one of those rounds that just doesn’t happen very often,” Cook said. “I hit the ball really well and made putts when I didn’t hit it that close to the hole. I was really focused and just in the zone.”
He took an eight-shot lead into the afternoon round and carded a 76 to finish the tournament with a 2-under 142.
“It (the lead) was really nice, but it really took away some of my focus,” Cook said. “On top of that, I was starting to get really tired. It had been a long day. The morning took a lot out of me. But I had almost no doubt I would be able to win as long as I stuck to my game.”
Cook won the tournament by four strokes over teammate C.J. Jones (146). After a first round 78, Jones shot a 4-under 68 in the afternoon session.
“It’s nice to know you have two guys that may have a six on the front end of their number any given day,” said FCHS head coach James Myers.  
Like Jones, the other three Flyers also had their best rounds come in the afternoon and the team shot a 291 in that round.
 “The kids played fantastic,” Myers said. “A 291 on this golf course on the second 18 is very solid. I know that they were tired after playing a morning 18 and coming back in the afternoon playing better says a lot about our kids’ toughness and ability to dial in and concentrate.”
Franklin County’s other scores were Will Molen, 152 (80-72), Will Harnice, 154 (79-75) and Ben Nolan 159 (81-78).
Western Hills’ Chris Hughes was third in the event with a 149 (79-70). The highlight of his day came in the afternoon when he scored an albatross (3-under) on the par-5 15th hole.
“I hit it well and I knew it was going to be pretty good,” Hughes said. “I couldn’t actually see the hole so I was just hoping it was going to end up good.”
He got the news of how good the shot was from a resident, who was closer to the hole.
“I couldn’t believe it actually happened,” Hughes said. “When something like that happens you are amazed and it takes a minute to register.”
WHHS finished the tournament with a 689 (347-342). Western Hills’ other scores were Nick Wilkins 156 (78-78), Will Collins (86-91), Bradley Hughes 207 (104, 103), and Chance Burrell 226 (118-108).

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