Hoptown's Pyle shoots low at Western Hills

Bryan Edwards | Kentucky New Era

Hopkinsville's James Folz follows through a shot at Western Hills during a match on Thursday.

Four local schools arrived at Western Hills Municipal Golf Course on Thursday afternoon to go head-to-head in the early stages of the 2019 season.

Hopkinsville, Trigg County, Christian County and University Heights Academy were all on the course competing, but it was the Wildcats and the Colonels that came away with the lowest team scores, as they both tied with a five-player score of 171.

Hopkinsville finished in third with a 172, and UHA rounded out the match with a 180.

However, it wasn't a player for Trigg or County that came away with the medalist honor for the day.

Tigers' golfer Evan Pyle shot an even par 36 through his nine holes to edge out Trigg County's Grayson Thomas and UHA's Weston Wood by one stroke.

Pyle said he struck the ball well in almost every way on Thursday.

"I hit my driver really good -- pretty much centered all the fairways I could," Pyle said. "I hit seven out of nine greens, which helped me out a lot. I had two birdies with my bogeys. Putting and chipping was pretty good today."

Pyle said his short game is the point of emphasis as he moves forward throughout the season.

Hunter Reynolds, who had a strong summer, finished tied for third with Jiles Wyatt with a two-over 38. Hoptown's James Folz shot a three-over 39 to round out the golfers in the 30s for the day.

Christian County may not have had a golfer shoot sub-40 on the day, but all five of them shot sub-50, as it was the only team to do that all day. Josh Johnson and Micah Smith shot 41 to lead the way. Houston George shot 42, Chase Dawson carded a 47 and Hannah Sumner shot a 48 to round it out for the Colonels.

Behind Folz and Pyle, it was Calvin Demps (48), Joey Falco (49) and Will Binkley (51) for the Tigers.

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Trey Carr (43), Grayson Grissom (56) and Hayden Reynolds (53) rounded out to scorers for the Wildcats and Luke Shouse (50), Kendall Doer (55) and Nathan Powell (66) were the bottom three for the Blazers.

Bridget Owens (Christian County, 52), Andrew Riggs (Hopkinsville, 55) and Thomas Griese (Hopkinsville, 58) competed as individuals in the match.

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