BOWLING GREEN —
The Ashland boys golf team was one of 13 teams to make the second round cut at the Boys State Golf Tournament on Saturday.
The team finished 46-over-par to finish the tournament at 82-over-par, and as a team placed 12th out of 24 teams at the Bowling Green Country Club.
Tomcats’ coach Bob Blankenship said he’s kind of suprised seeing that he graduated his top three golfers last year, and only two of his current team have played at state.
“Winning the region was a big surprise, but so was survivng day one,” Blankenship said. “Our No. 3, 4 and 5 guys haven’t played here, and only one has even seen it. So we we’re pretty thrilled with out finish.”
West Jessamine won the overall team tournament shooting a 17-over-par. St. Xavier came in second with a 19-over-par.
The closest team to those two schools was St. Mary, who finished the tournament with a 45-over-par.
“Those two teams are just filled with Division I talent,” Blankenship said. “They play a lot of tournaments just not in the state, but around the country. They just seem to handle that pressure well because they’re that good.”
Ashland was led by junior Evan Cox, who finished tied for 28th indvidually after shooting a 7-over-par on Saturday. He finished the tournament at 13-over-par.
“He didn’t have his best round,” Blankenship said of Cox. “Yesterday he struggled, but he managed to battle and stay in there. He strikes the ball better than he did down here, but this course is tough. There were times in the rough you had to be over it to find it.”
Nick Blankeship was the second top scorer for the Tomcats, finishing the second round 10-over-par to finish the overall tournament at 15-over-par. He finished tied for 35th.
The top area finisher came from Russell.
Senior Sam McGuire finished tied for 25th, after shooting a 12-over-par for the tournament.
While McGuire played, Russell as a team did not make the cut to compete for the team title.
West Jessamine’s Fred Allen Meyer defeated St. Mary’s Joey Mayo in the 2nd hole of a sudden death playoff to take home the top indvidual medal. Both shot a 3-under-par.
For the fourth-straight year Ashland has made it to the state tounament. And for the third-straight year the Tomcats have made it to the second day.
With a young team this year, and only losing Nick Blankenship to graduation, Bob Blankenship feels he has a lot to look forward to as a coach these next couple of years.
“Only 12 teams get to do that,” Blankenship said of making it to the second round. “It’s pretty special to get that bonus round at the end. We just went out there and had fun.”