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Last week was a big one for Jordan Webb.
Webb, a senior at Shelby County, tied for 35th place at the 38th Junior PGA Championship, then she returned home to lead the Rockets to a second-place finish in their season-opening Lady Rockets Classic on Saturday.
Webb fired a 1-under-par 71 at Weissinger Hills Golf Course to finish second, via a scorecard playoff, to help Shelby County to a runner-up finish, nine strokes behind 2-time-defending state champ Sacred Heart.
“It was a whole bunch of golf, but it was a lot of fun,” Webb said.
On Saturday, Madison Central sophomore Tristyn Nowlin won medalist honors with 70, and Webb and Owensboro Catholic junior Olivia Cason finished with 71s.
Sacred Heart junior Maddie Hamilton and senior Rachel Gathof carded 73s to lead the Valkyries, who finished with a 310. Meanwhile junior Madison Thomas, last year’s medalist, earned sixth-place with a 78 for the Rockets, who shot a 319.
“For our first tournament, I thought we did pretty well,” Shelby County Coach Anna Simpson said. “I thought we’d shoot about three-ten, but everybody just left a couple shots out there, but that’s okay.”
Collins, meanwhile, finished 11th out of 17 teams with a 399.
The Junior PGA Championship capped off a busy couple of months for Webb, who has made all-state each of the past two seasons and finished 13th in the state last year. She committed to the University of Cincinnati earlier this summer and also played in some other junior events before heading to the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va. She was tied for eighth after her first-round, even-par 71 Tuesday before shooting 79-74 to miss the cut for Friday’s final round by two shots.
“I played well there,” she said. “The second day I couldn’t hit the fairway. The rough there, if you missed by a yard, you were in deep crap.
“I think it helped me prepare [for Saturday]. This week I learned I needed to play smarter.”
Even though Webb said her feet hurt at the end of three rounds, she said the tournament helped.
“I didn’t try to force it because if I do I end up making bogeys or doing something dumb and end up in the bunker,” she said.
Webb said in the past after having a bad hole she’d force things too much. She got to put her patience to the test early in her round Saturday, though. After a birdie on No. 1 at Weissinger, Webb carded a triple-bogey 7 on No. 2 after her tee shot went out of bounds.
Webb made par the final seven holes on the front nine before shooting 3-under (thanks to three birdies and six pars) on the back.
“I thought I played really good,” she said.
But her round could have been better. Webb had an eagle opportunity on 18.
“I had a decent chance at eagle and barely missed on the left edge,” she said. “But I was just happy to end up on the green in two and not hit in the bunker.”
Added Simpson: “Jordan played well. She had a great back nine.”
Thomas, who won last year’s classic with 69, was nine shots over that this year.
“There was an odd wind today. The wind out here was one I hadn’t seen in a long time,” said Thomas, who left immediately afterward to play in the 45th Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.
Also for the Rockets, freshman Lilly Young carded 82, sophomore Tiffany Grasch 88 and freshman Jennifer Fuqua 95.
“I’ve already seen improvement from last year to this year, and it’s only the first tournament,” said Simpson, whose team finished fifth at state last year.
Junior Mary Borders led Collins with 92, and sophomore Claire Watts added 96.
Lady Rockets Classic
At Weissinger Hills Golf Course
Team scores –1. Sacred Heart 310; 2. Shelby County 319; 3. Notre Dame 339; 4 (tie). Owensboro Catholic, Scott County 342; 6. Boyle County 362; 7 (tie). Anderson County, Christian Academy of Louisville 367; 9. Madison Central 370; 10. Owen County 393; 11. Collins 399; 12 (tie). Central Hardin, Rowan County 407; 14. Eastern 433; 15. Bowling Green 436; 16. Bullitt East 446; 17. Ryle 467.
Top 10 individuals –1. Tristyn Nowlin (Madison Central) 70; 2 (tie). Jordan Webb (Shelby County), Olivia Cason (Owensboro Catholic) 71; 4. Maddie Hamilton (Sacred Heart), Rachel Gathof (Sacred Heart) 73; 6. Madison Thomas (Shelby County) 78; 7 (tie). MaKenzie Peyton (Henry County), Shelby Power (Owen County), Meredith Moir (Sacred Heart), Ayla Rhinesmith (Scott County) 80.
Shelby County No. 1 (319) –Webb 71, Thomas 78, Lilly Young 82, Tiffany Grasch 88, Jennifer Fuqua 95.
Shelby County No. 2 (INC.) –Katie Butler 116, Abby Ellis 123, Jenna Lewis 125, Sydney Ellis 166.
Collins (399) –Mary Borders 92, Claire Watts 96, Jasmine Valentine 105, Sydney Rogers 106, Mallori Webb 109.