Entering the 2018 high school golf season, Wayne County’s Reese Sexton began his Junior year as 2nd Team Kentucky All-State. On October 11th Reese Sexton was named Kentucky’s 1st Team All-State, an accomplishment no other golfer in Wayne County High School’s history has achieved. Junior Reese Sexton was named, along with nine other golfers in the state, as one of the premier golfers in Kentucky. Sexton’s steady play and tournament finishes kept him in contention for 1st Team All-State from the very beginning of the season, a position Sexton would not relinquish.
When asked about his accomplishment and award Sexton gave credit to his parents, coaches and his team for support, “I always have goals to begin the season and some are the same every year but after finishing 2nd Team All-State last year one of my goals was to be on the 1st Team. It was something that motivated me and kept me practicing hard every day. My teammates also played well in tournaments that allowed us to win several times, it always helps when you can play from the top. Coach Gregory and Coach Burchett also helped keep me focused and put me in a position to play in tournaments that I needed, and of course my parents are always there for support and guidance.”
The Cardinals number one golfer stayed steady all year and found himself atop the leaderboard in almost every event. Sexton won four times in 2018: The 10th Region Championship at Wasioto Winds, Corbin Redhound Invitational at Wasioto Winds, Henry Clay Invitational at Lakeside, and the Somerset Invitational at Eagles Nest. Sexton would also finish second in three more invitational events, narrowly missing adding to his championship totals. Ironically, two of the second place finishes were defeats handed to him by his younger brother, Cardinals Freshman Gehring Sexton. Sexton commented on his brother, “Gehring is such a great golfer and he helps motivate me, he pushes me. He is better than I was as a freshman and I would really like to see if we could both make it on the All-State team one day. He drives our team and when he plays well, we all play well.”