Commonwealth Journal

Local Sports

January 8, 2014

Ross Perry signs with Cumberlands

Somerset — Somerset High School senior Ross Perry took his golf game to another level this past year, which benefited the Briar Jumper golf program and interested several college coaches.

Recently, Perry signed to play golf at the University of the Cumberlands. According to Perry, Cumberlands’ nationally-ranked golf program and their coach was a determining factor for choosing to join th Patriots’ golf program.

“I got interested about Cumberlands from Coach (Chris) Kraftick,” Perry commented. “He came to a few of my tournaments and watched me play and he really showed interest in me right from the start. I like the school, they are a really competitive program, they are always strong and they are nationally ranked. I think Cumberlands will really help in developing my golf game and the school is a really good fit for me.”

Perry ended his prep career with a banner season with two runner-up finishes (Dale Hollow Invitational and George Rogers Clark Invitational) and a third place finish in the Regional Tournament. Perry led the Jumpers with a team-best 75.3 18-hole scoring average in tournaments played during his senior season.

“It was really nice to end my career at Somerset with a team regional title,” Perry stated. “Last year was little bit of a disappointment, but this year we stayed strong the entire season. I was able to play well this season and keep my scores down. I shot really well at the region, and that was very satisfying to play well at region. I had never been to the state tournament, and that was a great experience. It was a really good year.”

But Perry’s accolades was not just limited to the high school golf tournaments, as he excelled in summer play as well.

Perry was the 2012 SEKGT Player of the Year, but it was his strong play in the 2013 AJGA tour event at London’s Crooked Creek that caught the eye of Cumberlands coach Chris Kraftick.

“When you have a local kid that is good enough to contribute to our program, you have to go after him,” Kraftick stated. “The moment we really liked Ross Perry was when we saw him play in the AJGA event in London at Crooked Creek, on our home golf course and from our tees. That was really an ‘apples to apples’ comparison for us, and I thought he handled himself great that whole week. That really told me he was ready to play at our level. Sometimes it is hard to tell with the high school kids if they are ready to step up to the longer distances and that kind of competition, but Ross handled himself great in one of the top tours against some of the best players in the nation.”

Perry was a two-time Commonwealth Journal All-County selection and earned a medalist honor in 2012 when he won the Battlefield Invitational.

Perry’s even-par round of 71 in the regional tournament helped the Jumpers win region and qualify for the state tournament.

“Ross has been our best player for two years,” Somerset High School boys golf coach Davin Roberts said. “He is a really good kid; probably a better person than he is a player, and he is a really good player. We were lucky to have him in our program and I think he will do real well in college.”

“Ross had a great work ethic and that will prepare him well for college because he is use to working hard,” Roberts said. “He is always working hard to be a better player. Ross always stepped up and played well in big tournaments and when it really mattered. That says a lot about the person he is.”

Perry is well aware of the hard work necessary to compete at the next level, but hard work is nothing new to the Briar Jumper standout linkster.

“After my junior year, I really knew I had to step it up to get an opportunity like this to play at the collegiate level,” Perry said. “I put in the hours this summer, and I have a lot more work to do to get ready to play at the college level. College golf is much more competitive and it is all about the work ethic.”

Kraftick saw Perry as a perfect fit to his nationally ranked golf program and the University of the Cumberlands.

“Ross is a good student, good leader and he led his team to the state tournament this past year – and those are the things we are looking for at Cumberlands,” Kraftick said. “We are a competitive program nationally, and we want kids who want to accept that challenge. Ross fits everything we are looking to do at Cumberlands, and we have had a lot of success with recruiting kids in the Somerset area.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Russell Local All-Star teams advance in state tournaments

    Local all-star baseball teams began their state tournament journeys on Tuesday night at ballparks all across the state of Kentucky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • haleelanigan.jpg Pulaski’s Lanigan wins World title, Shopville Elementary places third

    The Pulaski County area has always been know n as a hotbed for great archery at the state level and National level.
    But now the local area can boast it has some of the greatest young archers in the ‘World’.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cavaliers LeBron Gilb_Harr.jpg LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hyden Commonwealth Journal 2014 All-County Track Team

    This year’s 2014 Commonwealth Journal All-County Track team was led by Pulaski County High School senior Austin Hyden.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • cr major.jpg Pirates win title over Yankees

    To clinch the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken major league championship title, the Kentucky Farm Care Pirates needed to win just one game against the Southeastern Appraisal Yankees.
    The Yankees, meanwhile, had a much tougher task, as they had to earn a pair of victories over the Pirates.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • cr minor.jpg Braves hold off Giants, 6-5, for title

    In the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken Minor League championship game, the Science Hill United Methodist Braves took the title by holding off the Roark Auto Transport Giants, 6-5.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Softball Lady Warriors’ Dynamic Duo

    The dynamic duo.
    A one-two punch.
    A winning combination.
    Whatever you want to call them, the pair of Destiny Molden and Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman have been nothing short of spectacular for the Southwestern High School softball team over the past few years.

    June 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott Virginia Scott signs with Young Harris

    After a very successful prep basketball career at Somerset High School, Virginia Scott will continue to play the sport that she loves so much at the next level.

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynch.jpg ‘Magical Season’ ends

    For the past couple of weeks, things had gone the way Southwestern wanted them to.
    That was not the case in the first round game of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, as the Warriors just couldn’t seem to get a break in Monday evening’s game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dishman Dishman signs with Lindsey Wilson

    Charlie Dishman has done it all for the Somerset High School baseball team for the past three seasons.
    Dishman – a clutch hitter, a go-to pitcher, and a mainstay at third base – is being rewarded for each of those talents, as he recently signed a scholarship to play baseball at Lindsey Wilson College.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

Somerset-Pulaski girls basketball

To purchase or view mor sports photos go to

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Pulaski vs. Southwestern football

Check out more action photos at

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide