Liles continues to sizzle on KY PGA Jr. Tour

Local Golf Roundup

EVAN DENNISON

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Lewis County’s Logan Liles looks primed and ready for the upcoming KHSAA golf season.

The rising freshman broke onto the scene last year as he made it to the second day of the state tournament and has continued his consistent play since, most notably this week.

Liles has four wins in five days this week on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour. His first win started off at The University Club at Arlington in the KY PGA Jr. Tour Summer Series #35, shooting an even-par 72. He followed that up with a first-place finish on Wednesday at Boone Links Lakeview with a five-over 77 in the Summer Series #38, topping the 14-and-under age group by 11 strokes.

Lewis County’s Logan Liles has seven wins this summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour. The freshman to be has four wins in five days this week. (Brad Laux, 1016 Sports)

He’d then shoot back-to-back 72’s at the Winchester Country Club and Eagle Trace in Morehead to claim, Summer Series #39 and #40 events, Fleming County’s Logan Hughes finished in a tie for fourth on Friday, firing an 84.

Liles’ play has vaulted him up to third in the standings for the Player of the Year in the 14-and-under division, 100 points off from Henryville, Indiana’s Blake Stamper. The race for first goes through October 14, when the KYPGA Junior Fall Classic at The University Club of Kentucky ends the season. Liles has seven wins on the KY PGA Jr. Tour this summer.

Liles helped the Lions last fall make their first state golf tournament appearance in school history as they finished runner-up in the 12th Region. Liles finished sixth in the regional tourney as an eighth grader. He’d follow it up a week later as the only Lion to qualify for the second day of the state tournament, where he finished 47th.

Liles also played in the middle school state tournament last fall, finishing 16th.

Hughes finishes third at Combo Event

Fleming County grad Jordan Hughes finished off a rollercoaster round Friday at Eagle Trace in Morehead and earned himself a third-place finish at the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour Combo Regional Event.

The two-day tournament started at Winchester Country Club on Thursday and ended at Eagle Trace in Morehead on Friday.

Fleming County grad Jordan Hughes placed third on Friday at the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour Combo Event at Winchester Country Club and Eagle Trace Golf Course in Morehead. Hughes will be playing for Shawnee State in the fall. (Brad Laux, 1016 Sports)

Hughes’ two-day score was 156, firing an 83 on the first day and a 73 on the second day. His round Friday featured six birdies as he went 4-under on Par 5’s. After starting the day on Friday tied for fifth, Hughes jumped two spots with his solid round, finishing behind Hunter Goble with a two-day score of 141 and Camron Turner in second with a 149.

Hughes, a 2017 8th Region runner-up, heads to Portsmouth in the fall to play for Shawnee State. He’s played in five KY PGA Junior Tour events this summer, Friday being his best round to date.

Lewis County senior Austin Ruggles placed ninth in the event, finishing with a two-day score of 167.

Fite places sixth at Marion Miley

Mason County grad Sarah Fite played in the Marion Miley Invitational on Friday at the Lexington Country Club and placed sixth in the event with a round of 10-over.

Mason County grad Sarah Fite finished in a tie for sixth at the Marion Miley Invitational at the Lexington Country Club. Fite is set to enter her sophomore year at the University of Kentucky. (Evan Dennison, The Ledger Independent)

Fite will enter his sophomore year at the University of Kentucky, the former KHSAA state champ is coming off a freshman season in which she appeared in four events.