Choate wins boys 1st Region golf title

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MAYFIELD, KY-- Trigg County senior Nick Choate shot a 68 to win the boys 1st Region golf title on Tuesday, beating Lyon County's Cullan Brown by three shots. Choate and Brown both qualified as individuals for the state tournament in Bowling Green, along with Murray's Preston English, who shot a 73.

But English had to take a little different path to the state tournament. After the first 18 holes, he was tied with St. Mary's Wes Averill, and Caldwell County's Daniel Taylor. The three went to a playoff hole, where Averill was the first player eliminated. Which means for the first time in years, St. Mary will not be represented at the state tournament.

"We've always gone," Averill said. "It feels a little weird, I think when I don't go play golf tomorrow, it will hit me."

On the second playoff hole, English rolled a long chip shot right next to the cup, and would tap in for par to force a third playoff hole. It was on the third hole where Taylor's third shot was too strong, and he saw his chance at a trip to Bowling Green slip away.

"I was glad to have a chance to get to go to state," Taylor said. "I mean, it's disappointing not to get to go after being in a playoff."

After that, English went on to birdie the final hole, draining a long putt which didn't surprise him.

"I had been putting good all day, and I just felt confident," English said with a smile. "I wanted to go out with a bang, I wanted to make something happen."

On the team side, Graves County shot a 296 to win the region, while McCracken County earned a trip to state as the runners-up, shooting a total of 300.

Team Standings

1. Graves County 296
2. McCracken County 300
3. Trigg County 312
4. Murray 316
5. Mayfield 325
6. Crittenden County 329
7. Paducah Tilghman 330
8. Marshall County 334
9. Caldwell County 342
10. Calloway County 356
11. Ballard Memorial 367
12. Livingston Central 399
13. Carlisle County 410

Top Individuals

1. Nick Choate (Trigg County) 68
2. Cullan Brown (Lyon County) 71
3. Hayden Cash (Graves County) 72
T4. Daniel Taylor (Caldwell County) 73
T4. Justin Roberts (Graves County) 73
T4. Avery Edwards (McCracken County) 73
T4. Preston English (Murray) 73
T4. Wes Averill (St. Mary) 73

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