For the first time in school history, the Pulaski County High School boys’ golf team won a regional team title. In a line battle with Wayne and Clay Counties, the Maroons came out on top with a team score of 309, the best in the area, at the Region 10 Boys Golf Championship at Eagle’s Nest Country. Club Tuesday. Wayne County was second in the region at 314 and Clay County was third at 315.
As they have been doing all season, Pulaski County has had five consistently low scores. With a squad of four juniors and a freshman, the Maroons shot three golfers in the ’70s and the other two golfers in the’ 80s. Zach Ousley led the way with a fifth place finish and a 74 round. Cayden Lancaster shot a 77 and Mason Daugherty scored a 78. Kellan McKinney shot 80 and Reece Broughton shot 82.
“I’ve had this group of juniors since they were in grade seven,” said Pulaski County High School boys’ golf coach John Fraley. “I still remember the first invitational golf tournament we played, they shot 450. But they were in seventh grade, we took our pieces, and these kids have been working hard ever since. They’re a great group of people. ‘kids and I’m happy to see it pays off for them. “
“Four of those five golfers have been our worst scorers at some point this season,” admitted Fraley. “Each of these guys can shoot 75 in the same game, or sometimes one of them can score even lower. They’re all equal. If one of them has had a bad day, the other can. fill the gap.”
“We were third in the region (last year) with 322,” said the Pulaski County fourth-year boys’ golf coach. “Over the summer we knew we could capitalize on that and the kids worked hard. We started shooting in the low 300s at the start of the season. In our first game this year we shot 310 which got a lot of attention from other teams around the region Coming in today we knew we had a chance and that’s all you can ask for.
Pulaski County junior Zach Ousley was listed as the Maroons’ No.3 golfer ahead of Tuesday’s regional tournament. But the junior golfer found himself competing for an individual title and led the Pulaski County golfers to their first-ever regional team title.
“Zach Ousley shot 71 points earlier in the year,” Fraley commented. “His game is sort of in shape and I was kind of looking for him to have a good day, and he did. He did a bogey 17, and if not, he might have won this tournament. . He doesn’t hit big, but he put in his time and he does things that are basically healthy. “
Pulaski County boys’ golf coach John Fraley now has a regional golf team title to go with his 2017 regional men’s basketball title. Dave Fraley won the school’s first regional boys ‘basketball crown in 1979 and the first boys’ regional golf crown in John Fraley’s program.
“I’ve been around basketball my whole life and I didn’t think golf training would move me forward like it did,” Fraley said with a big smile. “It doesn’t matter what sport you win a region in for your school – it’s pretty special. And this title being the first regional title in men’s golf, makes it even more special. “
According to Fraley’s top golfer in the area, Zach Ousley, the coach sometimes uses a bit of the philosophy of basketball in his golf training techniques.
“A few times Coach Fraley threatened to run us around the golf course if we were bad at training,” Ousley said with a laugh. “I thought I was playing golf so I didn’t have to run.”
The Wayne County team’s second-place finish marked the end of two of the program’s most decorated golfers – seniors Gage Gregory and Gehrig Sexton. Over the past seven years, these two Wayne County golfers had been on three regional title teams and two regional finalist teams.
On Tuesday, Gregory shot a 73 for third and Sexton shot 75 for sixth. Both golfers will qualify for the state tournament. For Gregory, this will be his fourth trip to the State Tournament. Sexton has competed in six incredible state tournaments, with his first appearance in 2015 as a sixth-grader.
Also for Wayne County, Aaron Heese shot 79, Cade Foster shot 87, and Hunter Bell shot 92.
For Somerset, who finished with 335 shots, Brysen Stevens shot 78, Brady Reynolds shot 80, Peyton Phillippi shot 88, Nate Luttrell shot 89 and Quinn Weddle shot 112.
For Southwestern, who had a total of 362, Ian Maybrier shot 83, Chandler Taylor shot 91, Jack Baker shot 93, Oliver Frey shot 95 and Kaleb Winks shot 99.
Pulaski County Men’s Team Gage Gregory and Gehrig Sexton will all compete in the KHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament October 8-9 at Bowling Green Country Club.
STEVE CORNELIUS is the editor-in-chief of CJ Sports and can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.