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Senior Gage Gregory recognized at Board of Ed Meeting

Gage Gregory with his parents Amy and Stewart Gregory

The Wayne County Board of Education honored Wayne County High School Senior Gage Gregory during the special recognition segment of their monthly meeting on September 16th, for the integrity he exhibited this summer when he received the prestigious Cullan Brown award. He received the award honoring the former University of Kentucky golfer who lost his life to osteosarcoma when he was 20 years old. Gage celebrated the event with Brown's family and will return next year to present the awards.

Gage began playing in golf tournaments at the age of nine and will soon finish his high school career.  He has been making college visits to try to determine his next steps in his academic and golf career.

Gage has been enrolled in dual credit college hours and AP courses since he was a freshman and now as a senior in high school has totaled 33 credit hours thus far. In addition to completing numerous college hours, he has maintained a phenomenal GPA at a 4.0 when accounting for high school hours and a 4.38 when taking into consideration his dual credit hours. Gage's class rank is 3rd out of a projected 218 graduating seniors.

Furthermore, he is involved in such extracurricular activities and clubs as Gifted and Talented, BETA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Teenage Republicans, and Spirit/Pep Club. Gage's accomplishments do not cease at the academic level but continue in the athletic aspect as well. 

Gage was a member of both the 2018 and 2019 10th Region Champion teams where the team then went on to place 9th (2018) and 7th (2019) at the KHSAA Boy's Golf State Tournament setting a school record both years. In 2020, Gage was the 10th Region Runner Up during the KHSAA Boy's Regional Golf Tournament. Since then, Gage has had phenomenal tournament finishes such as winning the Bluegrass Golf Tour Event at Oxmoor Country Club and tying for 4th at the Hurricane Summer Prep Series at the University Club of Kentucky.  Last weekend he won the South Laurel Invitational Golf Tournament in London, Kentucky which consisted of ninety-two golfers. One of his greatest accomplishments was winning the Cullan Brown Award in July.

Board Chairperson Larry Muse presented Gage with a certificate after Gage shared some information about the Cullan Brown award and what golf and his family means to him. He was applauded for his dedication to his studies and love of his sport. Congratulations Gage! 

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Paducah Sun photo of Gage Gregory

 

Gage Gregory receives award

Gage Gregory with his plaque which reflected his playing ability, sportsmanship, integrity, friendship, and love of the game exhibited throughout his  participation on the Bluegrass Golf Tour.

(Most of this article was reprinted from The Paducah Sun newspaper)

     The first renewal of the Cullan Brown Invitational kicked off at Paxton Park in Paducah, KY on Thursday, July 22 and finished up with clear skies and perfect weather at the Calvet City Golf and Country Club on Friday afternoon, July 23. It had a special link to Wayne County High School where Gage Gregory, the son of Stewart and Amy Gregory, is a member of the Golf Team.

      The Bluegrass Golf Tour event honors the late Lyon County and University of Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown. Brown lost his life to osteosarcoma last August. He was 20 years old.

        The first day of the Invitational began with tee times at 1 p.m. and ending approximately two hours later with participants from across the Bluegrass state ranging from high school to college age.

         For Brown’s sister Cathryn Brown, who received the Cullan Brown Award alongside Jay Nimmo in last year’s event, the Invitational means everything. She and her family, along with participants, were treated to a quick video in Cullan’s honor before the award ceremony on Friday afternoon. She finished in second overall for her division and knew her brother was with her for every hole.

         “Today was very emotional for me. I knew I was in the lead last night, and it’d mean so much if I had won, but it means just the same that I came in second,” she told The Sun. “I think Cullan was trying to tease me out there today with a couple of shots, but that’s just the way he was. This is super special for my family to be able to put this on in his memory and carry that with us for the rest of our lives.”

         “Cullan loved the game of golf,” Cullan Brown’s mother Emily said during the award ceremony. “He wanted everybody else to love the game.”

          Winners of the Cullan Brown Award were Gage Gregory and Macey Brown for their playing ability, sportsmanship, integrity, friendship, and love of the game through participation on the Bluegrass Golf Tour. All of which Cullan Brown exemplified as a golfer, son, brother, and friend.

          For those that know Gage Gregory, this award comes as no surprise. Wayne County Assistant Golf Coach Allen Burchett said, “"Most people in the High School golf community know that Gage's dad, our Head Coach Stewart Gregory has experienced a cancer diagnosis as well. Coach Gregory has not missed a beat for our players, but has set an example of how to face adversity with courage. Gage is very deserving of this prestigious award that covered numerous tournaments. He has earned this recognition based simply on the criteria for the award.”   

            “Thanks to Chris (Redle) for putting this on,” Gregory said. “Coming from a family that has to deal with cancer, many things go on, ups and downs. We have to fight through it and be together as a family.”

             Gregory will have the honor of attending this special event next year and help present the awards





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