Caldwell County senior Emma Talley will try to become the first three-time girls' state golf champion in almost 40 years when she plays in the Leachman/KHSAA State Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club this weekend.
Myra VanHoose (Blackwelder) won four state titles in a row when she played for Lafayette in the early 1970s.
Talley would have a chance to duplicate that feat if not for her own honesty. Talley won the state in 2008 and 2010. She appeared to have also won in 2009 by six shots, but realized she made a one-stroke mistake on her scorecard. She alerted officials to her error and was disqualified.
Talley, who will play college golf at Alabama, figures to get strong competition from North Hardin junior Lydia Gumm and Scott County senior Megan Wilshire.
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Gumm, playing in her ninth consecutive state tournament, was runner-up in 2006 and 2008, finished third last year and fourth in 2009.
Wilshire has contended the past three years, finishing second last October, and third in 2009 and 2008.
Green County is two-time defending team champ, and is considered a favorite again, along with Sacred Heart, runner-up two years in a row.
Lexington will be represented by Henry Clay's young team for the second year in a row: junior Allison Leigeb, sophomores Alison Miller and Meg Mills, and eighth-graders Sara Bidarian and Leslie Ginter.
Franklin County, which edged Henry Clay for the region title, is led by seniors Erin Marshall, Abbi Stamper and Aubrey Reid, junior Hannah Robertson and eighth-grader Cami Montgomery.
East Jessamine sophomore Madison Sawyer was region medalist and will play in her first state tournament.
The first round is Friday and the final round Saturday.