BOWLING GREEN – Marshall County rallied from the bottom of the 11-team field Saturday to finish in a tie for sixth place in the state girls golf championship at Bowling Green Country Club.
The Lady Marshals trimmed 12 strokes off their Friday first-round total of 343 for a finishing 331 on Saturday, knotted with Taylor County in sixth place.
Sacred Heart of Louisville won the team title with consistent rounds of 307 and 308, surging past first-round leading Calloway County, which had set the pace on Friday with a 301 but slipped to 319 on Saturday to finish second for the second year in a row.
Sophomore Bailey Tyree led the Marshall County contingent with back-to-back rounds of 77 for a 154 total. Tyree tied for 17th in individual standings with Olivia Cason of Owensboro Catholic.
Region 1 champion Cayce Hendrickson struggled in the opening round, shooting an 83. She recovered nicely with an even-par 72 on Saturday, second only to the 2-under 70 of Shelby County’s Madison Thomas, but had to settle for a tie for 19th place, a disappointment for the junior, who finished 10th last year.
Hendrickson’s two-day total was one stroke behind Tyree. Other Lady Marshals and their individual ranking and scores were seniors Charlstyn Beard (51st, 90-86=176) and Devan Doss (71st, 93-98-191) and seventh grader Hallie Riley (72nd, 98-96=194).
Sacred Heart totaled 615 to defeat Calloway County’s 620. Lexington Henry Clay was third at 633, Shelby County fourth at 644 and Russell County fifth at 673.
Grace Rose of West Jessamin won the individual title, carding a 5-under 67 on Friday and finishing with a 75 that left her with a 142, three strokes better than Maddie Hamilton of Sacred Heart and MacKenzie Peyton of Henry County, who matched each other with rounds of 70 and 75.
Thomas took fourth place with her Saturday-best round of 70 combined with a 76 on Friday, and Elsa Moberly of Pulaski County rounded out the top five at 148.
Defending state champion Anna Hack of Calloway County finished with a 72-78=150, in a three-way tie for seventh place with Leslie Ginter of Henry Clay and Jordan Webb of Shelby County.
Hack was the top performer for the Lady Lakers.