Lady Chargers tie for 6th

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Girls’ 3rd Region Golf

By Mike Farner

 FORT KNOX - There is no substitute for experience.

The Bullitt East Lady Chargers learned that lesson on Monday in the Region 3 Girls’ Golf Tournament at Lindsey Golf Course in Fort Knox.

With only one player that had played in a regional tournament before this season, the Lady Chargers could not make a run at the top teams, finishing in a tie for sixth place along with Nelson County with a 479. Elizabethtown won with a 339 while Central Hardin was second at 385.

Bullitt East and Elizabethtown had tied for fifth last season, but the Lady Panthers returned all five players from that team. Only Bullitt East junior Olivia Pruitt returned for this season for the red and gold.

Pruitt had the best score for Bullitt East at 105 while sophomore Morgan Judd had a 113. The Lady Chargers also got a 128 from Marissa Eschman and a 133 by both Savannah Morris and Erica Hall (only one of those 133 totals counted toward the team as the top four individual scores are part of the team total).

North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm, one of the top players in the state, was the class of this field as she finished with a 66, winning by nine shots over Elizabethtown freshman Lauren Hartlage with a 75. The individual qualifiers not on the top two teams all shot 85 or better.

“Elizabethtown was the class of the field returning their entire team from last season,” veteran Bullitt East head coach Andy Oder said. “The course played difficult due to the speed and hardness of the greens and that was reflected in the scores.”

Bullitt East did not have any seniors on this year’s team and Pruitt is the squad’s only junior.

“I have thought of every possible scenario to post some lower scores, but the bottom line is experience seems to trump everything,” Oder said. “Losing seven players over the last two years to graduation leaves a hole that is hard to fill in one season.

“John Calipari may be able to have success with talent over experience, but he doesn’t coach girls’ high school golf,” the coach joked. “Our players gained a wealth of experience today and a desire to come back stronger next season. I was very proud of our team for finishing how they did while having only two of the five with any varsity experience whatsoever.”

North Bullitt senior Darian Webb played in her fourth regional tournament and posted a score of xxx. She was the only player representing the Lady Eagles.

Bullitt Central resurrected girls’ golf this season, but head coach James Moore did not feel that any of his girls were prepared to play 18 holes.

There are actually 30 schools listed as part of the Third Region in girls’ golf (including 13 from Jefferson County). However, only ten schools (and only two from Jefferson County) fielded a full team on Monday. There were only 59 girls who signed up for the tournament.