Commonwealth Journal

November 19, 2013

Moberly wins 3rd straight Player of the Year

By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — For the third straight year in a row, Pulaski County High School golfer Elsa Moberly has been named the Commonwealth Journal Golfer of the Year.

Moberly, a junior, tied for fifth place in the 2013 KHSAA Girls Golf State Tournament with a two-day total of 148. Last year, Moberly tied for third in the state tournament.

Moberly qualified for the state tournament by winning the Region 9 Tournament at Burnside Island State Park Golf Course with a round of 2-under-par 69. The prior two seasons, Moberly finished runner-up in the Region 9 individual standings.

Moberly was named to the KHSAA Girls All-State Golf Team for the second straight year.

Moberly shot an astounding 8-under-par 64 to win the Lady Maroon Invitational, earlier in the season, and carded an ace en route to a front-nine score of 7-under-par 29.

Moberly finished runner-up in both the South Warren and Sacred Heart tournaments.

Throughout the year, Moberly qualified for several prestigious national events, including the 2013 US Girls’ Junior and the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships as well as the 2012 USGA (United States Golf Association) Junior Girls National Championships.

Moberly is the 41st nationally ranked player in the class of 2015 according to GolfWeek.com, and recently committed to play golf for Mississippi State University.

Six male golfers rounded out the 2013 Commonwealth Journal All-County Team.

Pulaski County High School junior Kellen Wilson became only the second golfer in the program’s history to capture an individual regional crown.

Wilson fired a 3-under-par 68 to win th Region 10 crown at Eagle’s Nest County Club.

Wilson shot a 76 in the Somerset Invitational, and took top individual honors in  the Hart County Cleveland Classic.

Wilson ranked 17th in the KHSAA All-State Rankings.

Somerset High School senior Ross Perry  fired an even-par 71 to finish fourth in the Region 10 Boys Golf Tournament, and his low score helped the Briar Jumpers claim the Region 10 team title.

Perry led the Jumpers in the KHSAA State Tournament with a 40th place finish. Perry shot rounds of 79 and 80 at state.

Perry fired a 73 to take second place in the George Rogers Clark Invitational. Perry shot a 72 at the Dale Hollow Invitational, shot a 75 in the Somerset Invitational, shot a 74 in the Tates Creek Invitational, and shot a 75 in the All “A” State Tournament.

Somerset High School junior Zach Whitis fired a 73, and finished fifth, in the Region 10 Boys Golf Tournament.

Whitis shot a 77 in the Dale Hollow Invitational, shot a 77 in the Bowling Green Invitational, a 84 in the Tates Creek Invitational and a 84 in the Somerset Invitational.

Somerset High School junior Chandler Purcell fired a 77 in the Region 10 Boys Golf Tournament, and shot rounds of 77 and 86 in the KHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament.

Purcell shot a 77 in the Dale Hollow Invitational, shot an 82 in the Bowling Green Invitational, shot a 79 in the Tates Creek Invitational, and shot an 83 in the All “A” State Tournament.

Somerset High School senior Konnor Cowan shot a 79 in the Region 10 Boys Golf Tournament, and shot rounds of 82 and 80 to tie for 51st place in the KHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament.

Cowan shot a 74 in the Tates Creek Invitational, shot a 79 in the Dale Hollow Invitational, and shot a 78 in the Somerset Invitational.

Southwestern High School freshman Luke Gover shot a 77, and finished in the top 10, in the Region 10 Boys Golf Tournament.

Gover had a 9-hole season average of 39.4 strokes. Gover’s  best rounds were a 2-under-par 34 at Monticello Country Club and a 1-under-par 35 in a dual match against Wayne County High School.