Cayce Hendrickson began the second round of the 36-hole state golf tournament in second place, four shots off the pace of leader Anna Hack of Calloway County.
“The first couple of holes were great,” Hendrickson said. “I guess I started getting nervous.”
A stumble at the 14th, 15th and 16th holes on the Bowling Green Country Club course proved costly, and Hendrickson ended up in a tie for 10th on the individual leaderboard.
The finish matched that of the Lady Marshals team, which slipped from a tie for sixth place after the first day.
“Going into 14, I think I was in third place,” Hendrickson said. “Then I had a bogey, then a double-bogey, then a triple. I tried to put those holes behind me and parred the last two holes.”
Hendrickson, after an even-par 72 on Tuesday, carded an 83 on Wednesday and finished in a tie at 155 with two other sophomores – Olivia Cason of Owensboro Catholic and Madison Thomas of Shelby County.
Hack, the Region 1 champion, opened an early lead with a four-under 68. Like Hendrickson, she was not as sharp on Wednesday. Her second-round score of 74 was eclipsed by three players. Elsa Moberly of Pulaski County fired a 72 and finished at 149 in a tie for third with Maddie Hamilton of Sacred Heart, who shot 73-76 – 149.
Hendrickson noted a significant difference in the two days’ play.
“The second day we had awful pin placements,” she said. “They put them in the worst possible places.”
Sacred Heart won the team title for the second year in a row, pulling away from runner-up Calloway County and medalist Anna Hack on the second day.
Marshall County slid from a 347 first-day score to 362 on Wednesday. The 709 composite was a single stroke behind ninth-place North Laurel.
Bailey Tyree had the second-best effort for the Lady Marshals, carding a 79-84 – 163 to finish in a group of five at that score.
Other Lady Marshals and their scores were Charlstyn Beard, 95-95 – 190; Devan Doss, 101-102 – 203; and Ashley McKenty, Marshall County, 107-100 – 207.
Sacred Heart moved ahead of Glasgow with its sixth state championship.
Henry Clay was third and Green County, which won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 and finished second to Sacred Heart last year, was fourth. Shelby County rounded out the top five.
Hack, playing for Lone Oak last year as a freshman, finished in a three-way tie for 17th with an 82-81 – 163 last year. This year, she came into the state tourney as a favorite.
Second place went to Lydia Gumm of North Hardin, who was second last year to medalist Emma Talley.
Heath’s Sydney Trimble contributed to the strong showing for Jackson Purchase competitors, finishing fifth at 77-73 – 150.
It was the second straight trip to the state tourney for Marshall County, which missed the cut after the first day last year and ended up 15th of 22 teams last year with a 376 score.
Hendrickson and Tyree narrowly missed the individual cut last year, with Hendrickson shooting 87 and Tyree 89 in their single round of play.