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Sacred Heart goes 1-2 in BE event

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Schmid Funeral Home Bluegrass Invitational

By Mike Farner

 FERN CREEK - Not satisfied with having the best girls’ golf team in the state, Sacred Heart is now working on have the two best girls’ golf teams in Kentucky.

The defending state champion Valkayries entered two teams on Saturday in the 2012 Schmid Funeral Home Bluegrass Invitational, one of the top girls’ events contested during the regular season. Sacred Heart not only had its ‘A’ team win the tournament, but their ‘B’ team finished second.

The Sixth Annual Bluegrass Invitational, under the direction of Bullitt East head coach Andy Oder, had three of the top five teams from last season’s state tournament in this year’s event, but the other teams could not handle Sacred Heart.

The Valkayries ‘A’ team finished with a 316 total while the ‘B’ team was at 320. Shelby County, one of the state’s top five teams, posted a 328 while Grant County had a 341 total and Elizabethtown a 343 over the par-72 lay-out at the Glenmary Golf Course.

It was a relatively smooth day for Oder and his group of volunteers.

“Everything turned out good,” the veteran coach said after all the awards were handed out. “It has been a rough summer here (because of the heat and dry conditions) but they got the course in good, competitive shape. Everybody complimented that.”

On the individual front, Shelby County’s Jordan Webb took low honors with a 70 while Sacred Heart’s Katie Page was next at 71. Rounding out the top five were Shelby County’s Madison Thomas at 74, Sacred Heart’s Maddie Hamilton at 75 and Elizabethtown’s Lauren Hartlage at 76.

Defending champion Chau Tran of Mercy shot a 79 on the new course for the event. Tran won it last year when the tournament was held at Heritage Hill Golf Course.

This was the largest event that Bullitt East has hosted. Oder cut the event off at 100 golfers last year, but this year the number went up to 107. There were 27 schools taking part with 20 full teams entered.

This is a rebuilding year for the Bullitt East squad and they gained a lot of experience on Saturday even if the overall score was high. The Lady Chargers finished with a 461 to finish 17th. The squad got a 98 from junior Olivia Pruitt along with a 109 from sophomore Morgan Judd. The other scores included a 122 by Savannah Morris, a 132 by Marissa Eschman and a 133 by Erica Hall.

Bullitt East also entered Haley Steinmetz in the field as an individual. In her first 18-hole event, Steinmetz had a 139.

North Bullitt senior Darien Webb played her 18-hole event for the season and finished at 122.

(To qualify for the regional tournament at the end of September, each high school golfer must play in four events during the season with at least one of those events being 18 holes.)

“That was a good score for Olivia,” the coach said. “She started the season around 110 and those scores have been coming down. It’s a mental thing to break 100. Now she is over that hurdle and she can just go out and post lower scores now.

“The course played tough,” Oder added. “We have a lot of first and second year players who are gaining experience.”

The next big event for the local girls’ golf teams comes on September 11 when the three area teams will compete against each other for the All-County title. That event will be held at Heritage Hill Golf Course.