When Taylor Brenan started golfing three years ago, Bryan Station didn’t have a golf team. It does now — and it already has its first star in the halls.
Taylor, a freshman, shot an 84 in the 7th Region girls’ golf tournament Tuesday at Keene Trace Golf Club. That score was the eighth lowest shot during the event and was almost good enough to qualify for state.
“My swing coach, Kelly Williams, just built me up,” said Brenan, whose home base is Greenbrier Golf and Country Club. “We talked to the athletic director and we just got the team together even though there’s only three of us. We’re still going, so I’m proud of that.”
Brenan, along with Ruby Sharrard and Morgan Shown, comprise the Defenders’ inaugural golf team. Station didn’t meet the four-girl minimum to be considered for the team standings but Taylor hopes in the coming years the school can field a full unit at the regional and compete for a state-tournament bid.
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“We have two more (girls) who aren’t competing yet and then we have hopefully a few joining next year,” Brenan said. “ ... We’ll just get better and better and practice like a normal team.
She continued with a laugh: “We’re normal, right? We’re good.”
▪ MacKenzie Neal, a junior on Madison Central’s 7th Region runner-up team, is among the contenders in the girls’ Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championship next weekend.
Neal’s cousin, seventh-grader Madi Benton, will be competing as an individual in the girls’ event after posting an 89 in the 10th Region Tournament. Two more cousins will participate in the boys’ tournament earlier in the week. Joe Benton, a sophomore, and Kade Benton, a seventh grader, are part of Estill County’s 11th Region championship team.