By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Bowling Green —
With their first state tournament appearance in some time, the Somerset High School boys golf team took advantage of the opportunity.
After reaching fourth place in the early goings of the final round, the Jumpers ended the KHSAA State Golf Tournament with a ninth place finish.
The Jumpers were in seventh place after the first day with a 317 total, and made the 12-team cut into the final round the next day. Junior Chandler Purcell led the Jumpers with a 77 on the opening day, as sophomore Cameron Claunch and senior Ross Perry both fired rounds of 79 on the opening day.
The Jumpers shot a 332 on the second day , which dropped them two spots in the overall team standings. Seniors Perry and Konnor Cowan, both rounds of 80 to lead the Jumpers on the second day of play.
For the two-day tourney, Perry shot a 15-over par, Cowan shot 18-over par, Purcell shot 19-over par, Claunch shot 26-over par and Zach Whitis shot 29-over par.
In the individual standings, Perry tied for 40th, Cowan tied for 51st place and Purcell tied for 56th place.
West Jessamine’s Fred Allen Meyer shot a pair of 68’s to win the individual state crown with a two-day total of 8-under par. Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel finished third with a 3-under par two-day total. West Jessamine won the team title and St. Xavier finished runner-up.
Pulaski, who fielded their first state tournament team, failed to make the cut after the first day. The Maroons fired a 336 on the opening day. Junior Kellen wilson led Pulaski with a 81, Grant Norris and Justin Mayfield both carded an 84, Chris Blount shot a 87 and Kaleb Thurman shot a 92.