It was a long day for most at Western Hills Golf Course, but champions walked out with their heads held high.
Despite some delays on the course, the GO Junior Golf Series concluded play in the 2019 Southern Championship held in Hopkinsville on Thursday afternoon, with a lot of locals carding high finishes.
All four championship divisions had locals finish in the top three.
In the 13-15 boys' division, it was just another day at the office for Trigg County's Hunter Reynolds.
Reynolds completed the clean sweep of the 13-15 division in the year, as his 5-over 77 gave him the victory in the tournament. Reynolds has yet to lose an event in the GO Series this summer.
He said overall he was happy with how he played in the tournament but said there were some bumps along the way.
"I felt like my golf game was pretty solid," Reynolds said. "Couple bad holes kept me from shooting a 75 or 74, but overall it went pretty good."
He also hopes this summer gave him more confidence heading into the season, where he can help the Wildcats make a run at the state tournament.
"It felt good to get that tournament feel back from the offseason," he said. "I feel pretty good heading into the fall.
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"Hopefully to make it to state again. I want to just be in contention at every high school tournament."
Evan Pyle took home second, shooting an 85, Mich Smith finished fourth with a 90 and Will Binkley rounded out the local finishers in the division, finishing sixth.
Reynolds also took home the tour championship, scoring the most points in the division throughout the entirety of the summer.
In the 13-15 girl's championship, it was Cate Blane who posted an 89 in the tournament, finishing second overall in the division. She finished two strokes behind Karra Tucker from Madisonville.
Audrey Rains finished fifth in the division as well.
Moving to the boy's 16-18 division, it was a race for second place, which eventually went to James Folz, who posted a 6-over 78. The winner of the division was Mike Bewley from Bowling Green, who shot a 2-over 74.
Folz was followed by Grant Manion, who finished third with an 80 on the day. Jiles Wyatt shot an 81 to finish fourth and Elijah Forbes finished eighth for the tournament.
On the girl's side, the top three entering the tournament were flipped on their heads.
Bridget Owens, who came away with the overall championship, finished third with a 93. Hannah Sumner came in second with an 89. Both finished behind Emma Payne from Owensboro, who shot an 81.
Owens, although she didn't have the ideal performance on Thursday, said this helped her prepare for the fall.
"It'll help me set a goal for myself," Owens said. "I'll get better from there."
Outside of championship play, four players took home first-place finishes.
Emme Hightower finished first in the girl's eight and under division with a three-hole score of 24, Allie Sandifer won the girl's 9-10 division with a 35 in six holes, Haydon Reynolds shot a nine-hole score of 42 to win the boy's 11-12 division and Anna Fort won the girl's 13-15 division, shooting a 45.
Anna Blane (girl's 13-15) took home third and Matthew Flynn and Max Falco (boy's 9-10) posted top six finishes in the event.
The GO Series concludes its season on Monday in Owensboro with the Northern Championship.