BOWLING GREEN — It was Allen County-Scottsville’s Owen Stamper’s day at the Kentucky Boys’ State Golf Championships at Bowling Green Country Club. Stamper finished the first round with a 74 which put him past the cutline of 81.
Stamper is currently tied for 11th overall individually as he heads into the final round Saturday. Despite the positive performance, Stamper still thinks he can drastically improve his game.
“I spread my driver a lot of the tee today,” Stamper said. “I just need to get my driver straighten out and hopefully I’ll make a run and get some birdies tomorrow. “
“I just got to hit the ball somewhere in front of me,” Stamper said while laughing in disbelief. “I hit the driver literally everywhere today so once I figure that put I will be really confident.”
Currently, Marshall County’s Jay Nimmo leads the field with a 69 overall. He is followed by Trinity’s Drex Gillaspie who shot a 71 on the day. They were the only two golfers to hit under par in the first round.
Stamper was not the only area golfer in competition on Friday. After winning the regional championship last week, Monroe County’s Trevor Isenberg looked to have another strong showing at the state tournament.
However, another strong showing would not be in the cards for Isenberg who finished with a 85 on the day and missed the cute for the final round. Sadly for him, the season is over. But, since he is just a junior, he will look to improve upon his mistakes on Friday..
“My performance was just very poor today,” Isenberg said. “The course played tough, and the greens were pretty tough. I have to improve my short game. I was no good with my wedges today.”
Isnberg was not the only who commented on the toughness of the greens. Several golfers commented throughout the day that the location of the pins made for a tough time putting.
“The greens were indeed though today,” Stamper added. “If you learn who to play them right you should be okay, but the pins were in tough spots.”
In the team category, Lexington Christian Academy holds a very strong lead as they are followed by Trinity and Taylor County.
Stamper will tee off at 8:39 a.m. tomorrow at the Bowling Green County Club.