The Mason County Royals golf team got off to a solid start of the season with a second-place finish out of 15 teams at the Eagle Trace Invitational at Eagle Trace Golf Course in Morehead.
The Royals shot 310 as a team, freshman Mason Butler leading the way with a one-over 73. Butler was followed by Kaden Grooms with a 76, Evan Schumacher carding a 79, Logan Shepherd an 82 and Spencer Magee with a 93.
Montgomery County took the team title with a score of 286 as a team, finishing at two-under.
The tournament kicked off the KHSAA golf season and the score of 310 topped any team score the Royals posted last season.
They’ll continue play on Saturday as they head to the Greenup County Invitational at Hidden Cove and play again on Sunday at the Pendleton County Invitational at the Northern Kentucky Golf Club.
Lewis County’s Logan Liles didn’t waste any time picking up from where he left off in summer Kentucky Junior PGA Tour play. The freshman fired a 3-under 69 to take top medalist honors on the day. Liles won seven times over the summer on the KY Jr. PGA Tour and carried it into the start of KHSAA play. The Lions shot 347 as a team, Cameron Ruckel shooting an 83, Austin Ruggles a 93 and Avery Sarton a 102.
Lewis County also plays in the Greenup County Invitational on Saturday followed by the Bourbon County Invitational on Tuesday at Houston Oaks.
Both teams will be in Friday’s Mason County/St. Patrick Invitational at the Maysville Country Club.