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The Shelby County girls’ golf team is going back to Bowling Green.
The Rockets earned their fifth consecutive trip to the Kentucky High School Girls Golf Tournament, which will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at Bowling Green Country Club, with a runner-up finish in Monday’s Region 5 Tournament.
Shelby County carded a collective 343, and Sacred Heart Academy – which placed all five of its players in the top 10 – took home the team title with 320 at Long Run Golf Course. Collins finished in eighth place with 436.
“We played well enough to get back,” Rockets Coach Anna Simpson said. “We didn’t play as well as I would’ve liked, but I can’t complain. It was the first eighteen holes [freshman] Tiffany [Grasch] has played in over a month, [eighth-grader] Lilly [Young] is sick as a dog – she’s probably going to have to go to a hospital after this to get some fluids in her – and [senior] Jamie [Bradley], this is the first time she’s shot under a hundred.”
Shelby County was led by junior Jordan Webb, the 2011 region champ, who finished second overall with a 7-over-par 79 (Sacred Heart senior Katie Page earned medalist honors with a 74). Meanwhile Rockets sophomore Madison Thomas tied for the third-low score (with an 80) but was awarded fourth-place with a scorecard playoff, Young placed 11th overall with an 89, and Grasch tied for 16th with a 95 on her 14th birthday.
Only Grasch, though, shot better on the back nine than the front.
“The back nine was brutal,” Simpson said.
Webb started off well, sandwiching birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 around a bogey on No. 3. She returned to even par with a bogey on No. 6 before making double-bogey at the par-5 seventh.
“I did exactly what I didn’t want to do, hit it into the bushes,” Webb said. “It was kind of downhill after that.”
She made a double-bogey at 11, a bogey at 12, recorded four consecutive pars and made double-bogey at 17 en route to 41.
“I struck the ball well; I just had some bad bounces,” Webb said. “But that’s golf. It’s always exciting. You never know what you are going to do.”
Thomas shot even par on the front nine, making bogey 5 at the third and a birdie 3 at the sixth, but her back nine was troublesome. She made consecutive bogeys at Nos. 10 through 12 and a birdie at 13 but followed that with a double-bogey on 14, and a bogey on 15 before a par at 16 as she finished her round double-bogey, bogey, par, double-bogey and bogey (when her par putt lipped out) for 44 on the back.
“I just couldn’t lag putt on the back nine, the greens were very difficult,” Thomas said.
Young, meanwhile, had five pars on the front nine and two on the back despite getting sick at 2 a.m. Monday. Grasch, who had been out with a pulled pectoral muscle, recorded two pars and two birdies (Nos. 13 & 18) on the back nine.
Freshman Sydney Rogers topped the Titans with a 102, which tied her for 25th. Also for Collins, sophomore Mary Borders shot 107, freshman Claire Watts 108 and eighth-grader Mallori Webb 119.
Girls Region 5 Golf Tournament
At Long Run Golf Course, Eastwood
Team scores: 1. Sacred Heart 320; 2. Shelby County 343; 3. Kentucky Country Day 403; 4. Christian Academy of Louisville 414; 5. Ballard 420; 6. Henry County 424; 7. Oldham County 426; 8. Collins 436; 9. Male 437; 10. Collegiate 438; 11. Eastern 440; 12. Manual 508.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Katie Page (Sacred Heart) 74; 2. Jordan Webb (SCHS) 79; T-3. Mackenzie Peyton (Henry County), Madison Thomas (SCHS) 80; T-5. Grace Gupton (Ballard), Gabrielle Miller (Sacred Heart), Chau Tran (Mercy) 81; 8. Meredith Moir (Sacred Heart) 82; T-9. Rachel Gathof (Sacred Heart), Maddie Hamilton (Sacred Heart) 83.
Other SCHS scores: 11. Lilly Young 89; T-16. Tiffany Grasch 95; T-21. Jamie Bradley 98.
CHS scores: T-25. Sydney Rogers 102; T-32. Mary Borders 107; 35. Claire Watts 108; T-48. Mallori Webb 119; 50. Meredith Gaither 120.