Golf

Hopkinsville’s Evan Pyle watches a chip shot roll onto the green at Western Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon.

While most sports are just getting started this week, one sport going since the start has been the high school golf season. Hopkinsville, University Heights Academy, Christian County, Fort Campbell and Trigg County were all at Western Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon in competition.

It was the Wildcats on the boy’s side that came out on top in the match, carding a 152, edging out Hopkinsville in the match, which carded a 153. Hopkinsville won on the girl’s side carding a 185 on the day.

Individually on the boy’s side, it was a very competitive day. The top three on the day were all in the opening group, with UHA’s Jiles Wyatt shooting a three-under 32, narrowly beating Hopkinsville’s James Folz who shot a 33. Trigg County’s Hunter Reynolds carded a 34 to finish third.

Wyatt said he played well both physically and mentally on the day.

“Definitely played well, definitely had a strong mental game,” Wyatt said. “Made sure I didn’t let myself get in my head. Just play my game and have fun with some of my friends.”

Folz also said his round was good despite finishing second overall.

“I had the putter rolling — I was hitting my lines,” Folz said. “I just didn’t get some putts to the hole so I left some birdies out there I felt like. Toward the middle of the round, I started to hit my driver better, found the fairway more, and put myself in a better position to score.”

The top golfers on each team took the course in the first group, but it’s not always them that card the lowest scores.

Wyatt said it’s great to see everyone in the group playing well alongside him.

“It definitely feels great, especially playing with those guys,” Wyatt said. “I’ve known them forever, they’re some of my closest friends and it’s just fun to see us all play good.”

Moving forward, Folz said he is hopeful Thursday round will give him the confidence and momentum to carry his game into the end of the year.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Folz said. “I hit a little lull last week where I was hitting the ball badly and I figured it out this weekend and came into this week I’m actually striking the ball again and I feel like I’m starting to score again. I’m hoping that’s going to propel me into the region tournament.”

Christian County’s low scorer was Houston George who shot a 41.

On the girls side, Hopkinsville’s Cate Blane took the win, shooting a 36. UHA’s Rheagan Lindsey finished second with a 40 and UHA’s Conlee Lindsey finished third with a 41.

Blane said she had a good day on the course.

“I felt like I played fairly well,” Blane said. “I hit my driver well and I putt decent.”

The low number for County was Riley Johnson who shot a 49.

Boys

Trigg County — 152

Hunter Reynolds — 34

Trey Carr — 37

Ty Butts — 40

Haydon Reynolds — 41

Greyson Grissom — 41

Hopkinsville — 153

James Folz — 33

Joey Falco — 36

Will Binkley — 37

Andrew Riggs — 41

Calvin Demps — 42

Evan Pyle — 45

Christian County — 172

Houston George — 41

Landon Hunt — 42

Jace Blue — 44

Micah Smith — 45

Brady Hightower — 51

UHA

Jiles Wyatt — 32

Luke Shouse — 48

Aaron Onate — 50

Fort Campbell

Mitchel Petros — 44

Robert Dennis — 46

Eugene Joo — 57

Girls

Hopkinsville — 185

Cate Blane — 36

Audrey Rains — 45

Anna Fort — 51

Anna Blane — 53

Ella Lester — 66

UHA

Rheagan Lindsey — 40

Conlee Lindsey — 41

Ava Colburn — 54

Christian County

Riley Johnson — 49

Lexi Johnson — 52

Emilee Cook — 64

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