MAYFIELD – Eighth grader Bailey Tyree led the Lady Marshals golf team to a runner-up finish in the First Region Championship last week at Mayfield-Graves Country Club.
The team moves on to state competition at Bowling Green Country Club this week.
Tyree and sophomores Brianne Coe of Russell County and Shelby Power of Owen County are scheduled for a 12:06 p.m. tee time for the first round Friday. They will open the 36-hole tournament from the No. 10 tee.
Tyree shot a 76 in the regionals, third best among individual scores.
Reigning state champion Emma Talley of Caldwell County, who captured the regional title for the sixth time in seven years since she first won it as a sixth-grader on the Mayfield-Graves course in 2005, again paced individuals with a 1-over-par 71 to edge freshman Anna Hack of Lone Oak by one stroke.
The Lady Marshals trailed Calloway County in team standings. The Lady Lakers qualified for state with a team score of 341, while the Lady Marshals combined for 348.
Paducah Tilghman was third at 351, Lone Oak fourth at 361 and Heath fifth at 363.
“Scores were very high on the day,” Marshall County coach Bobby Love said. “The conditions were tough because of the wind and the cold. Also contributing was a tough course.”
Marshall, Calloway and Tilghman had two players in the top 10 among individuals. Cayce Hendrickson tied for ninth place with Graves County’s Emily Whitnell at 83.
Talley has established herself as one of the nation’s top junior golfers.
“Emma’s 71 shows you have tough it was. Par was 70, so no one shot even or better,” Love said.
Other Lady Marshals and their regional scores included Charlstyn Beard (92), Chloe Hendrickson (97) and Devan Doss (98).
Other individuals besides Talley and Hack qualifying for state competition included Teri Doss of Paducah Tilghman (77) and Sydney Trimble of Heath (78).
Tyree will be last of the Lady Marshals to tee off on Friday. Doss will begin play on the 10th tee at 11:30 a.m. in a group with Lesley Roy of Russell County and Lynsey Farrar of Owen County. This threesome will be the first of 12 trios who will open play on the back nine.
Chloe Hendrickson will follow at 11:39 in a group Ryan Hoover of Russell County and Kennedi Dermon of Owen County.
Beard, Jalena Barnes of Russell County and Aly Minch of Owen County will follow at 11:48, with Cayce Hendrickson, Russell County’s Kenna Richardson and Owen County’s Julie Spaulding in the next group at 11:57.
Talley, Hack and North Hardin’s Lydia Gumm will be the last of 40 threesomes to tee off on the front side of the Bowling Green course.
Players will have a practice round on Thursday before playing two 18-hole rounds on Friday and Saturday.