St. Xavier has won a record 18 state golf championships, but it has been stalled on that number since 2009.
The Tigers, runners-up to West Jessamine the last two years, will be heavily favored to capture their 19th title when the Leachman/KHSAA State Tournament is played Friday and Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club.
St. X shot 12-under par as a team in winning its region tournament last week. Allen Hamilton led the way with a 6-under 66 at Nevel Meade. Matt Liston had a 68 and Michael Sass had a 69. Sass tied for 13th in the state last year, and finished seventh in 2012.
West Jessamine, a long shot to win a third consecutive title, is led by Connor Haas. He has finished in the top 10 the past two years.
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Franklin County won its region behind medalist Jacob Cook, who tied for 17th in the state last year.
The Flyers will also be represented by Ben Nolan, C.J. Jones, Will Harice and Will Molen.