(L-R) Renan Dobbs, Kameron Gehring, Reese Sexton, Gage Gregory, Gehrig Sexton
Just ten days after Wayne County celebrated their 10th Region Golf Championship, the Cardinals teed it up in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the KHSAA State Championship. The best from Kentucky competed for top honors in both team and individual competition. The Cardinals, riding momentum from six regular season championships, found themselves as the fourth seed in a twenty-four team field that included powerhouses such as: St. X, Lexington Christian, Louisville Ballard, and Taylor County.
Wayne County started the tournament sluggish on the first few holes and put themselves in a position to grind out a higher than normal 325 point total. Reese Sexton lead the way for the Cardinals with a first round total of 77, Gehrig Sexton steadied the team card with a 78, Gage Gregory contributed a solid 84, Kameron Gehring shot an 86 and Freshman Renan Dobbs fired an 89.
After the round, it was an impatient wait for Wayne County watching the cut line. Late that afternoon and at the end of round 1, Wayne County would make the cut as the twelfth and final team for day two competition. The Cardinal team and coaching staff was elated when the scores finally posted online for the remaining teams. Junior Reese Sexton on making the cut as the last team, “I thought we would make it, but we didn’t play well, so it was a nervous wait and see situation.”
Coach Stewart Gregory was also nervous, “There was a lot of pacing because we were the first team to go out in the morning, so we had all day to leaderboard watch and hope we played well enough to make the cut. In golf, you just never know what the numbers are going to be like. Fortunately, for us, we played just well enough to survive.”
Day two for the Cardinals was less stressful and they enjoyed being able to play as one of the top teams in the state. The Cardinals shot three strokes better on the second day and moved up the leaderboard three places. The Cardinals finished with a total of 322 on day two and would finish ranked 9th in the state of Kentucky. Junior Reese Sexton led the Cardinals on day two with a 75, Freshman Gehrig Sexton posted a solid 79, Gage Gregory improved one stroke with an 83, Kameron Gehring also improved one stroke with an 85, and Renan Dobbs contributed a 92. Although making the individual cut, Freshman Gehrig Sexton was excited about the whole team having a chance to play, “I enjoy our team and I am glad that the whole team got to experience the walk up the 18th fairway on a final day. It’s fun and it will be even more fun next year because we have everyone back.”
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