North Hardin's Gumm hopes to win state golf title on 10th try

October 1, 2012 

North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm hopes the 10th time will be the charm in the Leachman/KHSAA State Golf Tournament this week.

Gumm has enjoyed a lot of success in nine previous trips to the state, including runner-up finishes in 2011, 2008 and 2006, a third place in 2010, and a fourth in 2009.

But Gumm, who has earned Miss Golf honors four times, has never won a state title. She's favored to change that when she plays at Bowling Green Country Club on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Defending champ Sacred Heart is the team to beat again. The Valkyries are led by senior Katie Page, who will play college golf at Southern Methodist University.

Henry Clay thinks it has a shot at pulling the upset.

"Everyone says we'll be second to Sacred Heart, but we think we can do it," said Allison Leigeb, the Devils' only senior.

Henry Clay's lineup also includes juniors Meg Mills, who led the region champs with a 76 last week, and Alison Miller, and freshmen Sara Bidarian and Leslie Ginter.

Megan Kinney of Western Hills, the region medalist, tied for 12th in last year's state tournament. She wants to do better this time.

"I'm going into state with some clear intentions to play well," Kinney said. "I want to see how good I can finish my senior year."

Region runner-up Boyle County will be led by Rachel Pingleton, Michaela Jarman and Caroline McDonald.

Qualifying as individuals were Woodford County sophomore Jane Watts, West Jessamine junior Grace Rose and Anderson County junior Kaitlyn Riley.

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