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NEW CASTLE – The Shelby County girls’ golf team ended Sacred Heart’s regional reign Tuesday afternoon.
Now the Rockets have their sights set on doing the same thing next week at State.
Senior Jordan Webb’s 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole of regulation at Henry County Country Club gave Shelby County a 1-shot victory over the Valkyries in the Region 5 Tournament.
The Rockets carded a collective 19-over-par 307 in winning their first region title since 2008. Sacred Heart, which had won the past four regional titles and has captured the last two state titles, had 308.
Both advance to the Kentucky Girls Golf Championships, which will take place Oct. 11-12 at Bowling Green Country Club.
Shelby County finished fifth at State last year, 51 shots behind the Valkyries. The teams had gone head-to-head in seven invitationals this regular season, with Sacred Heart winning five and the Rockets taking two.
“I knew we could do it because we had beaten them before,” Shelby County Coach Anna Simpson said of vanquishing the Valkyries. “It was a matter of, can everybody have a good day together? Because that’s what it takes to beat them.”
That’s what happened Tuesday.
Webb led the way with a 1-under-par 71, and junior Madison Thomas shot 74, freshman Lilly Young 80 and sophomore Tiffany Grasch 82.
Webb lost a 1-hole playoff with Sacred Heart’s Maddie Hamilton for medalist honors.
“I’d much rather have the team win than the individual,” said Webb, who won the region’s individual title as a sophomore.
Additionally, Thomas tied for third (she was awarded fourth in a scorecard playoff), Young tied for eighth, and Grasch finished 11th.
“It’s exciting,” Thomas said. “I really wanted to win it this year because it’s Jordan’s last year, and I wanted to put her and Coach [Simpson, who is stepping down after this season] out on a really good note. It was a big goal. It’s a big goal [to win] next week too.”
Webb’s round was highlighted by five birdies. She had three on the front nine, which she played in 2-under 35. She made birdie at 10 but had bogeys on 14, 16 and 17, with a birdie on 15 in between. Webb, though, made her par at 18 to clinch the team title for the Rockets, and force a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors.
“I was about to fall over, I was so nervous,” said Thomas, who sat near the green with her hands covering her eyes. “That was a big putt for her and a great putt for us.”
Thomas started off eagle, birdie but had four bogeys on holes 7-11 then a double-bogey on 14. “I hit the worst iron shot of my life, and it went way right into the bunker,” she said. But she bounced back with a birdie on 15 and pars at the final three holes.
Young, who fought through an injury to her right elbow – she hurt it playing soccer in gym class – bookended her round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 18.
Grasch’s round, meanwhile, was highlighted by four birdies (three on the front nine).
“It feels amazing, because everybody came together,” Grasch said. “It gives us more confidence to do what we should do at state.”
Collins finished fifth with 384. The Titans were led by junior Mary Borders, who tied for 17th with 90. Sophomore Claire Watts carded 95, senior Jasmine Valentine 97 and sophomore Sydney Rogers 102.
Girls’ Region 5 Tournament
Team scores – 1. Shelby County 307;2. Sacred Heart 308; 3. Kentucky Country Day 366; 4. Christian Academy of Louisville 371; 5. Collins 384; 6. Oldham County 392; 7. Henry County 393; 8. DuPont Manual 404; 9. Eastern 406; 10. Collegiate 422; 11. Ballard 430; 12. Assumption 475; 13. Male 481.
Top 10 individuals – 1 (tie).Maddie Hamilton (Sacred Heart), Jordan Webb (Shelby County) 71; 3 (tie). Meredith Moir (Sacred Heart), Madison Thomas (SCHS), MacKenzie Peyton (Henry County) 74; 6 (tie). Sarah Son (CAL), Katie Gathof (Sacred Heart) 79; 8 (tie). Maddie Hensley (Henry County), Lilly Young (SCHS) 80; 10. Marra Burton (KCD) 81.
Other SCHS scores:11. Tiffany Grasch 82; T-17. Jennifer Fuqua 90.
CHS scores:T-17. Mary Borders 90; T-23. Claire Watts 95; T-27. Jasmine Valentine 97; T-34. Sydney Rogers 102; T-52. Mallori Webb 114.