South Warren junior Jared Brown didn’t get a birdie until his final hole Saturday, but he still had a solid final day at the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys’ Golf State Championship at Bowling Green Country Club.
Brown fired a 4-over 76 – a two-stroke improvement over his opening round – to move from 28th to tied for 17th overall with a score of 154.
Brown had three bogeys on the front nine, and bogeyed 14 and 15, before recording a birdie on the par-5 18th hole, narrowly missing an eagle putt.
“I kind of got frustrated during the round about not being able to make any putts,” Brown said. “All in all, it was about what I could ask for with the way my short game was going.
“This is by far the best state tournament I’ve had in the four times I’ve been here. Next year, I have to look forward and try to make it here again. Hopefully I can compete for the title.”
Glasgow eighth-grader Chase Landrum dropped from 12th to a tie for 21st after shooting an 8-over 80 to finish with a two-day total of 155.
Landrum had six bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, then double bogeyed the par-4 10th hole before settling down with a 1-over in the final eight holes.
“I struggled all day,” he said. “I did not play good. I just didn’t execute – putting, chipping – nothing. Everything in general I struggled with today. I had a good year. I just have to come back next year and play better.”
Landrum’s Glasgow teammate, senior Steely Harris, finished in a tie for 57th after shooting a 12-over 84 for a two-day total of 164.
West Jessamine junior Fred Allen Meyer claimed the individual championship, edging St. Mary senior Joey Mayo on a second playoff hole. They finished the day tied with 3-under 141s, leading to the sudden death playoff.
Meyer missed a 30-foot eagle putt that would have won it and pushed a 15-foot birdie putt long on the first playoff hole before two-putting for bogey on the second playoff hole to earn the win.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet, I guess,” Meyer said. “Joey played great for two days. A 3-under par is an unbelievable score out here. It’s a tough golf course. We pushed each other. He’d make a birdie, then I would make a birdie. It’s very exciting.”
Meyer also celebrated a team title, with West Jessamine claiming the first championship in boys’ golf in school history.
West Jessamine came from 12 strokes back to start the day after shooting an even par 288 to finish with a score of 593.
St. Xavier finished second, shooting 302 on Saturday – a 595 for the two-day event. It was the second straight runner-up finish for the Tigers, who have 18 team titles, including wins in 2008 and 2009.
“We’ve known we could do it all year, but we really hadn’t played our best,” Meyer said. “It’s the first time we’ve really done that.”