EARLIER: Lady Rockets in Third Place After First Round

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By Laura Clark

BOWLING GREEN - After an epic first round (7 hours, 30 minutes) the Lady Rockets were in third place in the girls state golf tournament Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club.

And the day's not over.

Teams and players who made the cut will get the second round under way and play until about 6:15. Unlike the morning shotgun round, the second round will use tee times.

SCHS coach Anna Simpson said she wished her girls could walk away and start fresh tomorrow.

"We did not play well," Simpson said. "In tournaments we've never had it where all of us have played bad at the same time.

"We played well enough to make the cut. They never give up, and it breaks my heart when they don't play well."

Junior Michaela Manley and eighth-grader Jordan Webb led the Lady Rockets with matching 17-over-par 89s.

Manley had the team's lone birdie on hole 16. She picked things up at the end of her round, making just one bogey and a double bogey on her last six holes.

"I hit my driver a lot better. The rough here is really, really rough," Manley said. "I'm going to try not to chunk it as much [next round], try to hit the ball before the ground."

The long round combined with brisk temperatures and a stiff breeze made for tough playing conditions on the par-72, 5,657-yard course.

"I just think we all weren't focused today," Webb said. "A lot of people had an off day. We know if we were shooting [better] we'd be right there."

Sacred Heart was in first with a team score of 62. Green County was second with a 66, followed by SCHS with a 74. Franklin County was behind Shelby by two.

Lady Rocket Madison Thomas posted the third-best score for her team, shooting a 19-over-par 91. Junior Shannon Harover shot a 21-over-par 93, and fifth-grader Lilly Young shot a 46-over-par 118. Young was the only Lady Rocket playing in her first state tournament. Through 14 holes, she had not had more than a 2-putt on any hole.