Boys' state tournament
When: Oct. 1-3
Where: Bowling Green Country Club   

WINCHESTER --

Brian Fister knew coming down the stretch he had a shot to win medalist honors in the Region 4 golf tournament yesterday.

But the Lexington Catholic senior had no idea what kind of improbable shot he'd make to clinch his victory at Winchester Country Club.

Fister holed out a 115-yard sand wedge for an eagle 2 on No. 16, and wound up with a 2-under par 70 to take honors.

"I bogeyed 14 and 15, so the eagle at 16 was needed," Fister said with a smile.

Fister wasn't the only guy wearing a big grin yesterday.

Paul Dunbar's players were a happy bunch after claiming team honors, and so was Lexington Christian Academy after its runner-up finish.

Dunbar and LCA advance to the state tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday at Bowling Green Country Club.

Qualifying as individuals were Fister, Woodford County's Joseph Barr (73) and Scott County's Kyle Wilshire (74). Wilshire won a playoff with teammate Dylan Schmitt and Lafayette's Matt Love.

Based on strong regular-season play, Dunbar and LCA were favored coming into the region, and they played up to that billing.

Dunbar was led by Danny Bishop and Charlie Schaffer with 74s. Will Bishop, Danny's younger brother, had a 75. Zack Butler had a 77 and Tanner Mobley an 80. The Bulldogs' team total of 300 (only the low four scores count) was two shots better than LCA.

"Today was the pressure day," said Danny Bishop, Dunbar's lone senior. "No doubt this was a tough golf course. It takes a lot of thinking. But we were confident coming in, and we played pretty well."

But Dunbar Coach Brad Bachand didn't relax until the last score was posted. He remembered that the Bulldogs came into last year's region with high hopes, but just missed qualifying for the state.

"You just hope and pray that won't be you again," Bachand said. "Today we knew LCA, Lexington Catholic and Scott County were playing well. That was kind of scary.

"We struggled a little bit the last couple weeks, but the guys played hard and stayed tough today."

LCA, with no seniors in its lineup, earned its first trip to the state, with junior Blanton Farmer's 72 setting the pace.

Hager Collins, an eighth-grader, had a 75, followed by Taylor Combs' 77, Hunter Frazier's 78 and Hunter Stewart's 79.

"All five guys in the 70s, that's pretty good," Coach Bo Starns said. "We needed it because in my opinion this is the toughest region in the state."

Lexington Herald-Leader, September 26, 2007