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LOUISVILLE — LaRue County freshman Cameron Dawson joined elite company Monday.
Dawson shot a 3-over-par 75 at the Boys’ 5th Region Golf Tournament on Monday at South Park Country Club in Louisville to earn a spot in next week’s Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championships.
Dawson became only the fourth LaRue County player to qualify for the state tournament since 1999. Kyle Meredith did it in 2010, Cory Cox in 2004 and Tyson Catlett in 2003. The state tournament will be held Oct. 8-9 at Bowling Green Country Club.
“It’s awesome,” Dawson said. “I’m so glad to go out and qualify for State as a freshman. That was one of my goals this year. I knew I had a shot if I played well. Hopefully, I can come back and win this tournament once or twice, but getting to State is a big deal.”
Grayson County senior Nolan White won the event by firing a 74. Dawson tied for second place with Louisville Butler junior Chase Wathen and Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park senior Eric Geiger.
The trio had a playoff for the second-place trophy. Dawson and Wathen both had pars on the first hole, while Geiger had a bogey. On the second playoff hole – the par-4 ninth – Dawson came through with another par and Wathen, who won the tournament as a freshman, had a bogey.
Dawson knew he had already secured one of the three individual spots in the state tournament before the playoff, so he said there was no pressure in the playoff.
“It was actually comical,” Dawson said. “Chase was ready to go eat. I hit a descent drive on the first hole and rolled in a 10-footer for par. On the second one, I hit another good drive and had a two putt for par.
“It’s a really good feeling, he added. “I thought I had a shot to finish top five. I hit a couple of putts and played pretty well.”
After the back nine, where he started his round, Dawson said he had a good feeling, even telling LaRue County coach Justin Craft about it.
“I played the back first and I was even par when I made the turn,” Dawson said. “I told Coach Craft I have a shot at this. I struggled a little on the front. I had a three-put on No. 8. I kind of shot myself in the foot, but it was a good day.”