Unfortunately, those three holes did count at the Leachman Buick-GMC-KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Tournament Thursday at the Paducah Country Club.
The Wildcats, making their first-ever appearance state golf tournament appearance, shot a 345, which was 57 shots over par and eight shots over the cut line to qualify for the second round.
St. Mary, playing on their home course, won the state meet with a two-day total of 633, which was six shots better than second place Henry Clay.
Beginning play on the back nine, the Wildcats struggled off the tee, combining to shoot 21-over-par on the first three holes. They settled down to shoot 36-over on the final 15 holes, but by that time, it was too late to qualify.
Breezy conditions and fast greens didn’t help the golfers on the 6,737-yard course, which was made to appear longer on some holes due to pin placements in the back of the greens.
Trigg County began their day by teeing off on the back nine, which most Wildcat golfers had never played until Wednesday’s practice round.
None of Trigg County’s five golfers hit the fairway on the tenth hole, with Curtis Mitchell the only player to make par or better on the hole.
Things were even worse for Jordan McNichols, who was unable to find his tee shot right of the fairway and finished with a triple-bogey on the hole.
After another triple-bogey on the par-three 12th hole, McNichols rebounded with four straight pars and six pars on his next eight holes. He finished the round tied for 115th place with a 17-over-89, which included seven pars and right bogeys but was done in by three double bogeys.
Like McNichols, Taylor Lowary shot a 44 on the front-nine, but a 49 on the back nine saw him finish with a 21-over-93, good for 131st place.
Shaun Sizemore had two pars and four bogeys on the day and finished with a 113, which tied him for 153rd place.
The Wildcats did have two golfers make the individual cut – brothers Curtis and Tyler Mitchell.
Curtis shot a 9-over par 81 on both days to finish at +18, which was good for a 27th place tie in his final high school event.
He had ten pars and a birdie on Thursday, followed by a round with two birdies and eight pars on Friday.
Sophomore Tyler Mitchell shot a 10-over-par 82 on Thursday and an 11-over-83 on Friday to finish tied for 38th at 21-over-par.
Mitchell was consistent on the first day with eight bogeys and ten pars. On Friday, he had seven pars and eight bogeys to go with a birdie and two double-bogeys.
Pikeville senior Max Lester was part of the threesome that included Trigg County’s Shaun Sizemore on Thursday.
Lester finished the round with a 107, which was just six shots better than the Trigg County freshman.
Lester, his father Herman, and mother Julie were killed in the single-engine plane crash near Cowpen, Ky. after returning from the State Golf Tournament.
The Pike County Sheriff's Department said that the plane was possibly attempting to land in wet, foggy weather but crashed before reaching the airport.