Highlands shot a 298 and Grant County shot a 303. Mason County had 326. Grant County won the 8th Region Tournament last year and Highlands finished second.
"I think that's the difference this year is our kids are doing a good job of not compounding their mistakes," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "Through experience and things like that, they understand when they do make a mistake, they're able to recover. At the end, their score reflects that."
Highlands sophomore Justin Gabbard split medalist honors shooting a 72 with Grant County's Tyler Mitts. Sophomore Luke Muller and senior Ryan Leigh both shot 74 and eighth grader Joel Craft shot a 78 to round out the Bluebird scoring. Grant County's fourth scorer shot an 82.
"We all know if you let one shot affect you, it's probably going to effect you the whole round so we have to stay calm on our next shots," Gabbard said. "As a team, every single shot can make a huge difference. You just have to stay with the game and know that your team needs you."
Highlands saw two other golfers participate in the match. Senior Brady Walz shot an 85 and sophomore Isaiah Lampkin shot an 89.
Highlands plays in the Pikeville Invitational on Saturday. Tee time is 9 a.m. at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg.