By Kevin Lawson, Special to the Times
The Powell County Pirates Boys Golf Season came to a close with the Pirates participating in the state tournament for the second time in school history. The Pirates qualified for the state tournament by finishing second in the regional tournament held at Paintsville Country Club. Powell County finished second out of 17 teams, the tournament was won by Hazard.
Leading the way for the Pirates in the regional was sophomore Jimmy Combs with a score of 78, junior Devean Teasley was next with a score of 84, followed by senior Myles Ashley with a score of 86, sophomore Corey Kirkpatrick had a score of 86, and junior Morgan Reed had a score of 88. According to Coach Lawson the conditions were “very cold and tough, it was without a doubt the worst weather we played in all year, our boys responded well and reached our goal of qualifying for the state tournament”.
The state tournament was played at Bowling Green Country Club. Only 24 teams from the state qualify for the season ending tournament. In order to qualify as a team you must win or finish second in your regional tournament. The Pirates ended up finishing 19 in the state tournament with Morgan Reed leading the way with a score of 82. Reed missed the individual cut by one shot.
“We would like to thank the entire community for their support throughout the season,” Coach Lawson said. “And I would like to send a special thanks to the golf team parents for all of their support throughout the year. Also a special thanks to Beechfork Golf Club, Greg Teasley and Darrell Billings for their support of the golf team.”