Lady Rocket golfers continue to win - Girls dominate Bullitt East tourney, Wiley grabs top medal honors

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' golf team hammered the competition at the Bullitt East Invitational over the weekend.

The girls posted a team score of 340, their second lowest score of the year, to win the title and Candice Wiley put up a 75 to take the top individual honor.

But that wasn't the end.

The Lady Rockets put two more players in the top 10.

Michaela Manley fired an 83 to finish fourth overall, earning her first ever All-state Points, and Shannon Harover shot an 88 to finish 10 in a scorecard playoff. The top 10 placing was Hanover's first.

"With Michaela and Shannon in the 80s and Candice down near par, we're very good," head coach Susan Wiley said. "All three of them just played a great round. And seventh-grader Jordan Webb finished with a 94. She's getting really close to breaking 90 -- it's just a matter of time. And Madison Thomas, our sixth-grader, just keeps getting better and better. She shot a 111, but she's very consistent with other team's No. 5 players."

The top four scores count for a team's total.

The win was the team's second title this year, and Candice Wiley's second individual title.

"I think they're just getting more and more comfortable out there and playing their game," Susan Wiley said. "I've cut down on the mandating what to do at practice, instead letting them work on what they need to work on and I think that's helped."

The tournament was moved from Glenmary in Bullitt County to Tanglewood Golf Course in Spencer County, but it didn't seem to bother the Lady Rockets. Most of them had seen the course, but Candice Wiley had only played it once before grabbing Saturday's win.

Susan Wiley said the competition wasn't the best they've faced this year, but the fact that the girls put up their second best score of the year was what she was looking at.

"No matter who was there, we shot a 340," she said. "We always look more at the score than where we finish or who we're playing against."

Candice Wiley will head to Bowling Green this weekend for one of the state's tougher tournaments at the Bowling Green Country Club, site of this year's state tournament. Coach Susan Wiley said that the tournament didn't have room for another full team, so instead the Lady Rockets will focus on the regional tournament.

"We're going to have the rest of the team practice at Weissinger this weekend because we're hosting the regional this year," she said. "Hopefully we can maintain everything we're doing and get through September. We're just trying to stay healthy and positive, and we'll try to keep gaining confidence."