Trigg County finished 20 shots behind region champion St. Mary at the Silos Golf Course, but was seven shots better than Paducah Tilghman and Heath and 16 better than fifth place Marshall County, the defending region champion.
Tyler Mitchell birdied the 18th hole to win second place, finishing with an even-par 72, which was one shot behind region champion sophomore Case Cochran.
Jordan McNichols shot a 3-over par 75 to finish tied for seventh place, while Curtis Mitchell shot a 79 to finish tied for 15th place. Both McNichols and Mitchell are seniors on this year’s team.
Taylor Lowary shot an 84 to round out Trigg’s scoring, and Shaun Sizemore added a 119.
St. Mary had four golfers in the top six to win the team title with a team score of 290. Trigg had a 310.
The Wildcats now qualify for this week’s State Tournament at the Paducah Country Club, which is the home course of region champion St. Mary.
All five Trigg golfers will tee off on the back nine Thursday. Their tee times are Shaun Sizemore (12 p.m.), Taylor Lowary (12:09 p.m.), Curtis Mitchell (12:18 p.m.), Jordan McNichols (12:27 p.m.), and Tyler (12:36 p.m.).
The 12 teams with the lowest scores and the 20 individuals with the lowest scores will advance into the second round of play on Friday.
Trigg County’s trip to the state meet is the first for the boys’ team, which had just missed out on qualifying in recent years.
Trigg missed qualifying for the state meet by just three shots in both 2002 and 2003 and eight shots last year.