LOUISVILLE – A total of 100 players were registered to compete in the KPGA Middle School State Championship held at Quail Chase GC (South-West). The competition included individual Boys and Girls competition with many of hte players competing as a member of teams with five players. Players and teams advanced to the Championship by competing in Regional competitions on September 24-25.
The Champion in the team division was Taylor County Middle School who was led by Luke Coyle (71) and Hayes Mason (73) The best three scores were used for the team score. Highlands Middle School edged Gray Middle School to finish as the runner-up using the 1st tiebreaker which was the fourth best score from the team.
In the individual boys competition, Jay Nimmo (South Marshall Middle) fired a -2 (70) to capture the Boys Individual Championship. Luke Coyle (Taylor County Middle) was also under par finishing one shot behind Nimmo. One shot further back was Andrew Caldwell (Bell Central) who was one shot ahead of Hayes Mason (Taylor County Middle) who finished in 4th. Jackson Hill (James Madison Middle) edged Clay Pendergrass (Clark Moores Middle) in a scorecard playoff to finish 5th.
In the individual girls competition, Macie Brown (Eastside Middle School) won the Girls Individual Championship for the second straight year with a consisted round of 77. Bree Russell (Metcalfe County Middle) finished as the Runner-Up one shot behind Brown. In a three-way scorecard playoff for 3rd Place, Savannah Howell (North Marshall Middle) edged Grace Clark (Shelby County East Middle) and Grace Walker (Christian Academy-Louisville) as all three players shot 82.
A list of qualifying teams and players are listed below:
Taylor County Middle School (222) – Luke Coyle (71), Hayes Mason (73), Adam Kehoe (78), Seth Smith (88), Charles Cox (96)
Highlands Middle School (245) – Justin Gabbard (77), Luke Muller (79), Joel Craft (89), Jack Schneider (92), Isaiah Lampkin (105)
Gray Middle School (245) – Christopher Harpum (78), Luke Herbst (82), Ben McDaniel (85), Daniel Bailey (99), Nathan Belden (99)
OVERALL BOYS INDIVIDUAL:
Jay Nimmo (70) – South Marshall Middle School
Luke Coyle (71) – Taylor County Middle School
Andrew Caldwell (72) – Bell Central School
Hayes Mason (73) – Taylor County Middle School
Jackson Hill (74) – James Madison Middle School
Clay Pendergrass (74) – Clark Moores Middle School
OVERALL GIRLS INDIVIDUAL:
Macie Brown (77) – Eastside Middle School
Bree Russell (78) – Metcalfe County Middle School
Savannah Howell (82) – North Marshall Middle School
Grace Walker (82) – Christian Academy-Louisville
Grace Clark (82) – Shelby County East Middle School
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all of the participants, coaches, parents, and staff members that provide these opportunities for junior golfers to compete in these events.