By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
SOMERSET – After bringing in a score of 346, good enough for second place, the North Laurel High School girls golf team has made history.
The Lady Jaguars are headed to the state tournament for the first time in the school’s history following a runner-up finish to Russell County (334) at Burnside golf course.
After the match, North Laurel coach Karen Moore said she was extremely proud of her team after the way they played Monday.
“Coming in to this tournament, I knew we stood a chance to finish well, but everyone had to be on their game,” she said. “The girls all knew they needed to play well if we were to be in contention and with three girls finishing in the top 10, we got what we needed.”
Caroline Moore did more than just play well, she won the individual title with a 74, just one stroke better than Pulaski County’s Elsa Moberly.
Katie Bowling with a 82, and Lynsey Kraftick with an 85 finished seventh and 10th, respectively.
Though their teams did not score high enough to move on, three other Tri-County golfers will qualify to play individually at the state tournament. Williamsburg’s Morgan Walker finished fifth overall with a score of 81, while Knox Central’s Ana Owens and Barbourville’s Kristen Engle each scored an 84, which was good enough for an eighth place tie. Those scores are all good enough to send the three of them to the state tournament.
As excited as she was that the team finished second overall, coach Moore was equally as happy for her daughter’s first place finish. She said her daughter’s goal throughout the season was to be in this position when the time came.
“Caroline had said all year that she wanted the team to go to the state tournament and she set a goal to try and help get them there,” Moore said. “It was a real battle until the end and one stroke won it, so it was really close.
“I knew as our girls approached the back nine that they had a shot and I was able to talk to each of them as they came around to settle them down,” Moore said. “They all played really well today and that’s exactly what it took today, a total team effort.”
Other teams in the Tri-County had quality finishes as well. Williamsburg was just three strokes behind North Laurel with a 349 for third place, while Barbourville’s 369 gave them a sixth place finish.
Whitley County was ninth with a 396 and Corbin was right behind them in 10th place with a 401.
Though he hoped to finish higher, Corbin coach Guy Jones said he was proud of his team’s effort.
“It’s not what we wanted of course, but I’m very proud of these girls,” Jones said. “We finished better than we did last year with a 408 and the year before with a 454.
“We’re making strides and we’ll just keep plugging along and try to improve again next season,” he added.
Lyndsay Ingle was Corbin’s low score with a round of 92, while Gabby Sadler finished with a 99. Emma McGraw and Julie Crawford each scored a 105, while Lauren Jones rounded things out with a 108.
The team finishes were as follows; 1. Russell Co. 334, 2. North Laurel 346, 3. Williamsburg 349, 4. Pulaski County 352, 5. Rockcastle County 366, 6. Barbourville 369, 7. Casey County 379, 8. Lincoln County 392, 9. Whitley County 396, 10. Corbin 401.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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