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Knowing his team was playing as well as it has all season, Coach Cale Barr was confident that Grant County would be well-represented in the home-town Tom Johnson Classic held this weekend at Eagle Creek Golf Course.
But even Barr didn’t see this coming.
Grant County shot a season-best 306, more than 10 strokes better than its previous best, to place third overall in the super-competitive field of 15 that also included highly-regarded programs like Ryle, Mason County, Highlands, St. Henry, Cooper and Dupont Manual.
Ryle blew the competition away with a tournament-winning score of 279, 20 shots better than Mason County in second place. Grant County was third with a 306, which was six shots better than fourth place St. Henry (312) and 10 ahead of fifth place Dupont Manual (316).
“I am really proud of our guys for their performance,” said Barr. “The guys really played well.”
Cody Kellam led the way for the Braves with a fifth-place score of 71, which was only five strokes behind the winner, Austin Squires of Ryle High School who shot a 66.
Stepping up in a major way for the Braves was 8th grader Kyle West, who shot a personal-best 74 to place 11th overall.
Trey Adams barely missed the top 15 with a 77, also his personal tournament best, for Grant County.
Others scoring for the Braves included Jayden Cummins with an 84, followed closely by Jacob Vrolijk with an 85.
Despite a 45 minute rain delay, the tournament was a huge success, not just because of how his team finished, but how the event was run, said Barr.
“The tournament went really well,” he said. “I’ve had so many compliments about how the course played and how well it drained after the rains. We are very fortunate and thankful to Eagle Creek and all the volunteers and people that made it a success.”