Girls' golf: Ginter leads Henry Clay as 7th Region champs

mmaloney@herald-leader.comSeptember 30, 2013 

DANVILLE — Just another day singing on the golf course for Leslie Ginter.

The Henry Clay sophomore shook off a few jitters by literally singing at times en route to firing a 3-under par 70 Monday.

That was good enough to take her to individual medalist honors and to help Henry Clay repeat at the Region 7 team champion at Danville Country Club.

"Very nervous," Ginter said of her demeanor. Then, with a smile, she added, "But I thought if I was going to be Beyoncé one day that I'd have to just calm down and do it."

Ginter came out on fire, notching birdies on Nos. 2-3-4 (a par 3, 5 and 4), then Nos. 9-10 (par 3 and 5). She bogied the sixth and 15th holes, both par 4s.

"I'm so excited," she said. "And region champion, which was my goal."

Joining her for next week's State Tournament at Bowling Green will be teammates Allison Miller (77), Kie Purdom (79), Meg Mills (83) and Sara Bidarian (88).

The key to repeating was, Devils Coach Kevin Mims said, "Teamwork. And having people that just set goals and wouldn't quit. It was like with anything else — that's what they did.

"My No. 1, Leslie Ginter, just set a goal, and this is what she wanted to do from the beginning of the year. She had two goals — to shoot under 74 and to win this thing."

Henry Clay totaled 309 and will be making its fourth consecutive State Tournament appearance, the first two coming as region runner-up.

Also advancing, and repeating as region runner-up at 329, is Boyle County.

"I'm so excited and tremendously proud of all of them," Coach Sharon Beasley said. "They played very well today. ... We knew they had it in them. It was just a matter of putting it all together, and they did."

The Rebels were led by Caroline McDonald, a junior, who placed fifth overall with a 76.

"It went really well. It's the best that I've played this season so far," said McDonald, who was playing her home course. "This season has been kind of frustrating ... but it's definitely rewarding at the end. I'm really happy we made it as a team, and we've all worked really hard for it."

Boyle County finished 3 strokes ahead of West Jessamine, which had the individual runner-up in senior Grace Rose.

"I'm actually pretty excited," said Rose, who has committed to the University of Kentucky. "I didn't win, which was kind of upsetting. That was my goal today. But I can't complain.

"I was one-under and I had a few shots that I could have done a little bit better. But ... I'm going to State, which is really exciting."

Rose shot 2-over on the front nine, 3-under on the back. Her birdies came on 10, 16 and 18.

Dunbar's Madison Saladin and Madison Central's Tristyn Nowlin tied for third at 75.

They and Rose advance to State as individuals. So does Anderson County's Kairyn Riley, who needed only one hole to win a three-way playoff for the final spot.

7th region girls

At Danville Country Club

Teams—Henry Clay 309; Boyle Co. 329; West Jessamine 332; Paul Laurence Dunbar 338; Anderson Co. 358; Lexington Christian 368; Madison Central 369; Lafayette 372; Madison Southern 377; Mercer Co. 380; Western Hills 408; Woodford Co. 426; Tates Creek 457; Franklin Co. 436; Sayre 461; Berea 499; Model 525.

Individuals

70—Leslie Ginter, HC. 72—Grace Rose, WJ. 75—Madison Saladin, PLD, and Tristyn Nowlin, MCentral. 76—Caroline McDonald, BC. 77—Kairyn Riley, AC; Allison Miller, HC; Judianne Speech, WJ, and Jane Watts, WC. 79—Kie Purdom, HC. 81—Samantha Stewart, BC; Rachel Fine, PLD; and Michaela Jarman, BC. 82—Gypsie Hutchinson, LCA. 83—Meg Mills, HC; 86—Taylor Cammack, FC; 88—Rebecca Fine, PLD; Sara Bidarian, HC; Mackenzie Neal, MCentral, and Randa Weaver, MS.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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