The Wayne County Golf Team played great at the Kentucky High School State Golf Tournament on October 10th through October 12th. Reese Sexton played really well, shooting a 72 and 73 which earned him 4th place overall individually. The team would finish 7th overall which is the best any Wayne County Golf Program has performed in school history.
(L-R:) Asst. Coach Allen Burchett, Gehrig Sexton, Kameron Gehring, Reese Sexton, Gage Gregory, Aaron Hesse, and Head Coach Stewart Gregory
Senior Reese Sexton putting on the green
Gage Gregory reading the green before he putts
Gehrig Sexton chips the ball onto the green
Kameron Gehring teeing off
Senior Reese Sexton claimed 4th place individually
Proud to be finishing well at Awards Ceremony
Senior Reese Sexton with Coach Stewart Gregory
(L-R:) Gage Gregory, Kameron Gehring, Reese Sexton, Aaron Hesse, Gehrig Sexton
Wayne County Golf Team finishes the season 7 th overall in state competition with Reese Sexton leading
The Wayne County Golf Team just completed the most successful season in school history,
placing seventh overall at state competition. Veteran player Reese Sexton led the team as he tied for
fourth place individually at the Kentucky High School State Golf Tournament held October 10-12 in
The team played in a lot of tough tournaments this season, but managed to place a lot, shooting
some really good scores.
Five exceptional young men have embraced Wayne County’s golf program, which has given
them a lifelong sport to play. Senior Reese Sexton played really well, shooting a 72 and 73 in the state
tournament. He and his teammates - Senior Kameron Gehring, Sophomore Gage Gregory, Sophomore
Gehrig Sexton, and Sophomore Aaron Hesse did an awesome job raising the bar for future high school
“These five young men have accomplished great things in five years,” said Coach Stewart
Gregory. He listed the following accomplishments: a middle school state individual champion, Kentucky
State Junior Amateur Winner, three Region Titles, one Region Runner-up, two Top 10 State Finishes, two
time individual Region 10 winner, two individual state qualifiers, and 12 invitational tournament titles.
“As a coach and parent this group has been a joy to coach. We have traveled all over the state
and had a lot of fun on and off the golf course. Best of luck to our seniors as they continue their
education and sports. The players coming back will be trying to continue on with more
accomplishments. Thanks for the memories,” said Coach Gregory.
Even though it was a great honor to have finished the season at such a high level, it was a bit
bittersweet for Seniors Reese Sexton and Kameron Gehring. Both golfers have represented their school
well on the course, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom.
“Walking off the last hole, realizing you are done and your high school golf career is over. It
causes you to pause, as you are shaking hands and getting hugs from those around you,” said 19-year-
old Reese Sexton, who has been competing on the high school team since fourth grade. His remarkable
dedication to the sport probably began the first time he picked up a club at age two and started playing
the game at four-years-old.
Today, athletes cannot begin to play varsity sports until they are in seventh grade, so Sexton was
in a unique position to get lots of competitive experience over the years to fine-tune his skills. That
experience and hard work has paid off because he has already committed to Eastern Kentucky
University on a golf scholarship, so he will continue to compete over the next four years for the
“This has been an unreal experience playing for Wayne County for so many years,” noted
Sexton. “It’s been a crazy, fun ride. I’ve really enjoyed being a Cardinal and I’m going to miss it.”
Senior Kameron Gehring agreed, “It was sad to see it come to an end.” He started playing golf
his first year in high school and has enjoyed being on this prestigious team. He was able to rank in the
top 10 individual regional finishes the last three years. He was proud of the team’s efforts this year
having won six different tournaments. “Being able to compete in the state tournament for four years in
a row was amazing.”
Golf does not take as much physical strength as other team sports like football or basketball,
according to Sexton. “It is more about being mentally strong….it’s all up in your head. I have had to work
on it for years to get to this point. I could still be better, because you never stop learning.”
“Your goal is always to beat that person that is really good,” said Sexton.
Sexton feels fortunate to have met people from around the world through golf. “I’ve met people
from California to Alabama, as well as China to Korea. It’s crazy.” This past summer he played
competitively on the national level in the USGA Junior Amateur Tournament in Toledo, Ohio.
“When you are from Monticello, Kentucky, you don’t have all the resources like a kid from say,
California. But, you do the best you can and you surround yourself with your family and supportive
people. You never feel sorry for yourself.”
Sexton said he does not have a swing coach like some of the golfers who travel the private
circuit, competing in tournaments across the country. However, he is very thankful for his teammates,
parents, grandparents, and the Monticello Country Club who have been very supportive. He also
appreciates his school coaches – Stewart Gregory and Allen Burchett. “Coach Gregory (who has been
battling cancer) has set an example for the rest of us, how to be strong and courageous. If he cannot
give up, we shouldn’t either.”
“Golf teaches you about life. They call it a gentleman’s game,” said Sexton, whose high school
record speaks for itself – two time individual Regional Champion, three time All-State Team member,
and three time All-Region Team member.
Next, Sexton and his teammate Kameron Gehring will compete on the Cardinal Basketball Team.
They have both played basketball for years and enjoy it. So, Cardinal sports fans will get to enjoy these
athletes one more season on the ball court starting in December. In addition, their golf coaches will
continue to help them in basketball in the role as assistant coaches.
In addition, Kameron Gehring will really go the distance and conclude his Cardinal sports career
on the baseball diamond later this spring, where he makes a significant contribution on the pitching
mound and playing shortstop.