Shelby wins BE golf event

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By Mike Farner

      SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Bullitt East Lady Chargers’ Bluegrass Invitational Golf Tournament on Saturday had good weather and even better players competing on the challenging Heritage Hill Golf Course.

     The event was sponsored once again by Schmid Funeral Home.

     Meeting the challenge head on was Shelby County senior golfer Jordan Webb who came home with medalist honors as she fired a blistering 67 to win by five strokes. Webb went out with a 35 and then raced home with a 32 on the back-nine as she defeated teammate Madison Thomas who had a par-72 finish.

     The two low scores on the day fueled Shelby County to the team title as they fired a 312. That was two shots better than defending state champion and Bluegrass Invitational winner last year Sacred Heart at 314. The Valkayries were led by Maddie Hamilton, the state runner-up last year, who had a 74. Sacred Heart has three players shoot better than 79 on the day.

     Bullitt East head coach Andy Oder could not believe the 67 that Webb posted.

     “That is an incredible score,” the veteran coach said. “I think she was the individual champion last year at 71 (when the tournament was held at the Glenmary Golf Course). Apparently, the course set up well for her game and she made some putts.”

     For Bullitt East, the season has taken a 90-degree turn as Oder has lost three of his top five players as they have opted to pursue other interests. That leaves the Lady Chargers with only five players in the program.

     The red and gold posted a 449 to finish 11th out of 15 full teams. Leading the way for Bullitt East was senior Olivia Pruitt who had a 95 while Erica Hall and Haley Steinmetz had their best scores ever at 113 and 114, respectively. The fourth scoring member of the team was Jennifer Cischke with a 126. Abbie Thomas finished with a 129.

     “Our ranks have been thinned a little bit,” Oder said. “But the girls we do have, have bounced back and are working hard. That score we had today was close to what we had last year.”

     The Bluegrass Invitational had 15 full teams compete and there were 95 players who started on Saturday.

     North Bullitt had two players compete in the event on their home course. Katie Jenkins finished with a 122 while Sarah Morris had a 153. Saturday’s match was the first 18-hole event of the season for the Lady Eagles.

     The next major event for the local girls’ golf teams will come on Sept. 10 with the Bullitt Cup event which will involve all three local squads and will be conducted at Heritage Hill Golf Course.