Only in golf can there be the kind of surprise ending that occurred at the Leachman/ KHSAA Girls' State Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club on Sunday.
Emma Talley appeared to have won her second consecutive state title in easy fashion, but after her score was posted, the Caldwell County sophomore realized she had made a mistake.
Talley bogeyed the 18th hole but signed for a par on her scorecard. She went to tournament officials and pointed out her error.
Under the rules of golf, Talley was disqualified.
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If she had corrected her scorecard before signing it, she would have shot a 73 to go with a first-round 71 and still would have won the tournament by five shots.
Instead, Sacred Heart senior Lindsay Gahm wound up the winner after shooting 77-72—149. Gahm placed third last year.
West Jessamine junior Emily Haas (78-77) was runner-up to Gahm. Scott County sophomore Megan Wilshire (80-76) was third, and North Hardin freshman Lydia Gumm (77-81) finished fourth.
Sacred Heart, the pre-tournament favorite, was seeking a record sixth team title.
But Green County wound up taking its first-ever title with a lineup that included three freshmen. The Lady Dragons shot a two-day total of 113-over par to beat Sacred Heart by six shots.
Shelby County was third, and Franklin County fourth.
Kate Larimore, a junior, was Green County's highest finisher. She tied for seventh with rounds of 85-77.
Freshman Cassidy Scantland (85-84) tied for 20th, sophomore Sydney Smith (92-87) was 35th, freshman Olivia Parrott (93-87) was 36th and freshman Leah Judd (92-89) was 37th.
Franklin County was led by junior Abby Smith (89-80), who tied for 20th. The Lady Flyers also had Erin Marshall (89-89), Lauren Semones (89-95), Abbi Stamper (100-86) and Aubrey Reid (97-103).
Sayre's Allison Hancock (86-86) tied for 25th, and Henry Clay's Pilar Morgan (84-89) tied for 27th.