Dec Lewko (above) fired a round of 78 during the region 3 golf tournament at Ben Hawes in Owensboro Tuesday. The junior then won a playoff to finish 10th overall and to qualify for the semi-state golf tournament in Calvert City next Tuesday.
Lewko shot rounds of 39-39=78 on the par 71 course. He made birdie on the 10th hole then chipped in for birdie on the 12th during his round.
There was a 3-way tie for the ninth and tenth qualifying spots for semi-state. Lewko played against Lemuel Wright of Breck County and Will Rickard of Owensboro High. Wright won the first hole which left Lewko and Rickard to battle for the final spot. The two golfers played three more holes before Lewko made eagle on the 5th hole to win the playoff.
“When Dec heard that he was in a playoff he was ready to compete,” HCHS coach Dana Newby said. “He stayed focused and did such a phenomenal job. He’s had an incredible season and I’m so happy to be able to witness it.”
Next for Hancock County was Jacob Shultz, who shot 39-45=84. He had a great round going before being derailed on hole #13.
Senior Conner Napier played his final tournament for the Hornets and finished at 44-42=86. He was disappointed with his showing here, but he had some very good rounds throughout the year and will likely go on to play college golf.
Jaxon Blake shot 44-43=87 and it could have been better if not for a lost ball in the rough on #13.
Kolby Keown shot 44-47=91. Keown and the rest of the underclassmen have the talent to bounce back and contend here next year.
“It wasn’t the ending I was hoping for as a team, but I am so proud of these boys and what they accomplished this season,” Newby said.
Ohio County won the team title with a score of 309. Madisonville was second at 311. Both teams qualify for semi-state.
Ohio County’s Seth Moore was the individual medalist with a round of 70.
By Steve Wimmer