Thoughts from Region 3 boys’ golf tourney

Now that both local high school region golf tournaments are complete, I thought I’d take a quick look back, mainly at the one I covered – the Region 3 Boys’ Tournament.

Just a few notes from Monday’s action:

South Warren’s Jared Brown tees off Monday during the Region 3 Boys’ Golf Tournament at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Burkesville. Brown finished third overall and led the Spartans with a 73. Miranda Pederson/Daily News

South Warren’s Jared Brown tees off Monday during the Region 3 Boys’ Golf Tournament at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Burkesville. Brown finished third overall and led the Spartans with a 73. Miranda Pederson/Daily News

— There were definitely a few surprises in terms of team finishes, and they were all teams performing better than expected. Allen County-Scottsville finished fourth with a 321 team total.

Barren County was third with a 319, and Greenwood fired a 329 – it’s best score of the season.

I talked to the Gators’ Tyler Jones, who shot a 79. He said the team has a fourth-grader and a seventh-grader, and that their progress has been huge this year.

— Next, Franklin-Simpson’s Nick Fuqua is a strong, strong player. Fuqua won the individual title with a 70, beating Clinton County’s Sawyer Stalcup by one stroke.

Fuqua went 3-under-par through four holes and cruised the rest of the way.

“I was just glad to get through it,” Fuqua said. “This place is hard. My main focus was to hit fairways, and I set little goals and met them. It was good.”

Fuqua, a senior, said he wants to play college golf and hopes next week’s state championship can help him gain a little more exposure.

Keep in mind that Fuqua’s brother, Matt, played at Western Kentucky.

— The moment of the day was provided by Glasgow’s Cameron Branham.

The Scotties finished second as a team, and they needed a par by Branham on the 18th hole to clinch a spot at state.

As Branham walked up to the green, he said two teammates told him that he needed a par or birdie. For the first time all day, things became hushed around the final hole.

The senior decided to hug a 25-foot up near the hole instead of really trying to make it, then tapped in for par and fist-pumped to a round of applause.

“It feels amazing,” Branham said. “I’m a senior, and you’ve been out here for 12 years trying to get to state. The first chance you get, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

— South Warren showed that it’s capable of doing big things at state when it gets consistent scores from the whole lineup.

Everyone expected Spartans senior Drake Duncan to lead the way, but sophomore Jared Brown actually led South Warren with a 73.

Seventh-grader C.J. Jones had an 80, and Chad Krebs added a 78.

“I think that’s what separates the good teams from the really, really good teams,” South Warren coach Alan Frank said. “You have to have that depth, so that your (No. 3) and (No. 4) guys can cover up for your top guys. But our top guys played great today, which was nice to go along with what we got on the back end.”

The boys’ state tournament takes place Oct. 4 and 5 at Bowling Green Country Club, where South Warren has finished second in two invitationals this year.

Tee times begin next Tuesday at 7 a.m., although specific tee times haven’t been assigned to each team or player yet. That’s expected to happen later this week.

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As far as the girls go, the Daily News’ Micheal Compton was out covering the Region 4 tournament today at Indian Hills Country Club.

Based off his Tweets, Green County won the team title, while Glasgow finished second.

South Warren’s Jackie Van Meter was medalist. Micheal will have a full recap of that tournament in Wednesday’s Daily News.

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I’ll be covering Logan County-Greenwood volleyball tonight, which pits two of the top teams in Region 4 against each other.

Tomorrow, I’ll cover Glasgow tight end Hunter Bowles’ college announcement, as well as some Greenwood girls’ soccer.

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