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Lady Indian golfers earn trip to state tournament


By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor

The Ashland Kittens rode performances by a freshman and a senior to victory last Tuesday in the 11th Region Girls’ Golf Tournament at Indian Creek.

Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Lady Indians got solid efforts from seniors Laura Gay and Emilie Carter to earn runner-up honors as they also earned a trip to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Golf Tournament this week in Bowling Green.

Olivia Hensley, a sophomore at Boyd County, claimed medalist honors with a one-over par 73 while Russell Senior McKinzie Walters grabbed second place with a 75 and Morgan County sophomore Morgan Farmer shot an 85 and sixth to claim the other individual berths in the state tournament.

Laura Gay shot an 84 to lead Montgomery County as she finished fifth overall.

Emilie Carter made the top 10, finishing seventh with a 90 and Montgomery County junior Matalyn Webb also made the top 10. Webb shot a 92 and freshman Anna Clark rounded out the scoring with a 100.
“It’s pretty exciting to see the way this group of girls improved over the course of the season,” said Coach Chris Spoonamore of MCHS. “With just two players returning with any experience to be able to qualify for the state is quite an accomplishment for this group of girls.”

Gay has been steady all season and her leadership was obvious with an inexperienced group of players.

Carter stepped up with her best round of the year and did it on the challenging Indian Creek course.

Webb’s round of 92 may have been the biggest improvement of the year as she managed to trim about 13 shots off her average round for the season.

“You don’t do that without a lot of desire, hard work and concentration,” Spoonamore noted.

Anna Clark also managed to trim between seven and eight shots off her average to get to the 100 mark while junior Lyndsey Hartgrove gained some great experience after joining the team this season and playing in only a handful of tournaments.

Montgomery County lost to Ashland by only six shots and came in 26 strokes in front of third-place Raceland.

Fairview and Russell tied for fourth place with team scores of 393.
Although just five teams competed for the team title there were also individual entries, in some cases as many as three players, from Bath County, Boyd County, Rowan County, East Carter, Morgan County, Lawrence County, Fleming County, Greenup County and West Carter.
The Ashland and Montgomery County teams are in Bowling Green this week to play a practice round Thursday and then compete in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

“We can’t thank the people at Indian Creek enough for giving us an opportunity to host the tournament,” Spoonamore added. “The course is in great shape and it provides a real challenge for the players. Although the competition at the state will be really competitive the girls have at least faced tournament competition on a challenging course like this to give them a better opportunity of playing well next week.”