The Daviess County boys’ golf team and Owensboro Catholic’s Jakob Wellman begin play in the KHSAA State Championship today after qualifying with their performances in last week’s Region 2 Tournament.
The Panthers shot 315 to repeat as Region 2 champions, and they were led by individual medalist Daniel Love’s even-par round of 72. Wellman tied for second advanced by shooting a 75.
Four of the five players who competed for DC at the state tournament last year will be making the repeat trip.
Love (senior), Nick Johnson (junior), Brady Huckleberry (senior) and Braden Whistle (sophomore) all contributed for Daviess County at state a year ago. Chris Salamah (senior) is the newcomer this year for the Panthers.
In 2018, they made the first-round cut with a 318, though they finished 12th after struggling and shooting a 346 on the final day. Love led the way, tying for 14th individually with a two-day score of 150.
Wellman (sophomore) also advanced to last year’s state tournament after winning the Region 2 individual title. He tied for 44th with a total score of 158.
The Panthers are in the first five groups of the first round today, while Wellman’s scheduled tee time is 12:24 p.m.
With the new format this year, the Panthers will automatically play in both rounds as a team. In individual competition, there will be a cut after Monday’s 18-hole round, with the top 42 players (including ties) advancing to the second round of competition held on Saturday.