West Jessamine wins first state golf championship

West Jessamine's second-round push netted more than just its first state championship - its top contributor earned hardware for himself.

The Colts stormed back from a 12-shot first round deficit to edge St. Xavier by two shots for the team portion of the 2012 Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys' State Golf Championships. West Jessamine shot a two-day total of 593, including a blistering 288 during Saturday's final round. Leading the way was junior Fred Allen Meyer, who earned the individual championship when he defeated St. Mary's Joey Mayo on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Meyer and Mayo each shot a two-day total of 141.

Meyer's championship was the first individual title for a West Jessamine golfer, while the team title was the first in the program's history. West Jessamine's girls' previously won a state championship in 2007.

The playoff between Meyer and Mayo was the first in a championship to be decided with extra holes since 2009, when St. Xavier's Justin Thomas bested Lexington Christian's Hunter Stewart in a one-hole playoff.

Elizabethtown's Ian Black was awarded the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac scholarship while Boyle County's Dakota Jarman was the recipient of the Kentucky National Guard Best and Brightest Award. Paintsville's Tanner Carroll won the Forcht Group of Kentucky Uncommon Excellence Award.

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