Whalen wins Rowan County Invitational

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By Lee Kendall

Senior Polly Whalen notched her first career medalist title last week in the Rowan County Invitational Golf Tournament at Eagle Trace Golf Course in Morehead with 45 individuals competing.

Whalen carded an eighteen hole total of 78 to win individual honors by one stroke over Franklin County’s Abby Smith.

“That’s the first time since I’ve been the girl’s golf coach that a player has won a regular season tournament championship,” said Fillies golf coach Kelly Kendall. “Jessi Jett was medalist in the regional tournament a couple of years ago…hopefully Polly can do the same this year.”

Whalen started her round on the par 5 18th hole with a par and followed with pars on no. 1 and no. 2, before settling for a bogey on the par 5 third hole. She had three pars and three bogeys on the last six holes of the front nine.

“I played pretty solid for the most part, but had a bad shot here and there that cost me some strokes,” said Whalen.

Whalen avoided double bogeys in her round and had a birdie on the par 5 11th hole to regain some momentum after she finished the front nine with 40. On the back nine she had three bogeys, five pars and the birdie on no. 11 to finish with 38.

“Polly is really straight off the tee and hits crisp approach shots. She also has a good short game, which translates into her ability to shoot good scores,” said Kendall. “I think she has a real chance to win the regional title this year, if she continues to work and improve.”

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The Thorobreds golf team has shown marked improvement in the early going this season.

They finished 15th overall in the 24-team, rain-shortened, Franklin County Flyer Classic two weeks ago. Last year, the Breds finished dead last in the same event.

Last Wednesday, Harrison County failed to advance to the second day of the Lexington Christian Academy sponsored Kentucky Cup Tournament at University Club in Lexington. The top four teams advanced to a second-day match play format in the 24-team tournament.

Harrison County struggled on the wet and long University Club track. Eric Sanders led Harrison County with an 88, Anthony Shirley shot 89, Tyler McNabb carded 95 and Zach Schneider finished with 98.

Harrison County played their first home match on Monday and defeated Nicholas County at the Cynthiana Country Club, 158-173.

“I was very encouraged with the win over Nicholas County,” said HCHS coach Jason Crisp. “They finished third in the regional tournament last year and have nearly their entire team returning. I think our kids have a chance to qualify for the state tournament this year, if they can find a way to shave a shot or two off their rounds between now and when the regional tournament is played later in the year.”

Sanders and Schneider led Harrison County on Monday with two-over par 38s. Charlie Ammerman shot 40 and Anthony Shirley carded 42.

Dalton Hampton led Nicholas County with 40. Other scores for the Blue Jackets included Zach Lemons with 43 and Kaleb Brieley and Casey Fryman with 45.