Mason County boys' golf

The Mason County boys' golf team poses with their third place trophy at the Mason County/St. Patrick Invitational, Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Maysville Country Club. The Royals shot 330 as a team paced by Mason Butler's 79.

Evan Dennison, The Ledger Independent

A total of 68 golfers just beat the downpour of rain on Wednesday to complete the 2017 Mason County/St. Patrick boys' golf Invitational at Maysville Country Club.

St. Henry ran away with the team title, firing a score of 313, defeating the 13-team field by 12 strokes. Grant County followed the Crusaders with a team score of 325 while Mason County was the last to grab some hardware with a third-place finish and a team score of 330.

Grant County's Ryan Mitts was the individual medalist with a score of an even-par 72. St. Henry had a pair finish in the top three with Ethan Berling shooting a 3-over 75 for second place and Michael Silera tying Mercer County's Reed Gritton's 4-over 76 for third.

The Royals were paced by eighth grader Mason Butler with a score of 79.

"The kid works tirelessly. He plays golf everyday and he's worked on it and it's showing. Once he matures a little bit, he matches course management with his skills, he's going to be a real nice player," Royals coach Chad Mefford said.

Following Butler was Bryan Walton and Josh Coleman with 80's and Evan Schumacher with a 91 to round out the team score. Mefford was pleased with the outcome.

"We probably had five or six teams vying for that three spot. St. Henry is awfully good, they didn't play that good today and still had enough to win. It's nice to finish close to Grant County, they are definitely the favorite in our region," Mefford said. "We were hoping to have a shot this year and we're looking to be right there. Once we get our No. 4 and No. 5 golfer's settled, we'll be right there."

The Royals also put a "B" team in the field, and they finished eighth with a team score of 363. Kaden Grooms led that group with an 86, Spencer Magee followed with an 89 while Zack Ring shot a 93 and Nate Mitchell with a 95.

"Our No. 6 and No. 7 beat our No. 4 man. It's going to be like that all year, we're going to change in and out and go strictly by the numbers. I'm taking seven to Houston Oaks and that's going to be a big day for them tomorrow. We'll see how they do and we're looking forward to the battle," Mefford said.

Tomorrow wraps up an eight-day stretch in which the Royals have played in seven tournaments. They'll be playing at Houston Oaks, site of the 8th Region Tournament.

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Lewis County finished fifth with a team score of 338. The Lions finished runner-up last year at the Invitational and are still trying to work some of the early season kinks out.

Eighth grader Logan Liles led the team with an 82, Robby Draper and Austin Ruggles followed with an 84 and Cameron Ruckel rounded out the team scoring with an 88.

"We're still trying to get into the swing of things," Lions coach Jim Draper said. "That's Robby's third round in six weeks. We just need to get better."

Lewis County plays next at the Butler Invitational in Louisville on Saturday.

Fleming County placed sixth, led by Jordan Hughes' 78. Following Hughes from the Panthers was Devin Leet with an 82, Logan Hughes an 87 and Hunter High with a 99.

Team and indivual scoring can be seen below or online at


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