BOWLING GREEN — Calloway County sophomore Anna Hack didn't just admire her role model in golf, she emulated her in winning the Leachman/KHSAA State Tournament on Wednesday.
Hack shot 68-74—142, a 2-under par total, to take medalist honors at Bowling Green Country Club, the same place that Emma Talley of Caldwell County won three titles the previous four years before heading off to play college golf at Alabama,
"It feels great to come in here and win it after Emma," Hack said. "She's my role model. She showed me that if you practice hard enough, you can succeed."
This was Hack's fifth state tournament appearance. She played for Lone Oak before transferring to Calloway County this year.
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Hack's main challenger was North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm, who was playing in her 10th consecutive state tournament and looking for her first title.
Gumm had to settle for her fourth runner-up finish after shooting 72-74—146.
"I wanted this one more than anything," Gumm said. "But I guess it was just not meant to be. I didn't play my game again for some reason. I don't know what it is."
Gumm started the final round four shots behind Hack, but rallied to within one shot at the turn.
But her comeback was blunted on the back nine with a double bogey at the 15th hole.
Her day was crystallized on the the final hole of her high school career when a short birdie putt did a 360-degree spin around the cup but didn't drop in.
"I have no regrets. I tried my best," said Gumm, who will play college golf at Florida State.
Hack, playing a few groups behind Gumm, was told by her coach at the 15th hole that she still had the lead.
"Lydia is a great player and can shoot a really low score any day, so I was a little scared," Hack said.
Hack punctuated her victory by sticking her approach on the par-5 18th to within two feet for an easy birdie.
Maddie Hamilton led Sacred Heart to a second consecutive state team title, and seventh overall. Hamilton, a sophomore, shot 73-76—149 to tie for third with Pulaski County sophomore Elsa Moberly.
Heath senior Sydney Trimble was fifth at 77-73—150, and West Jessamine junior Grace Rose was sixth with 76-75—151.
Sacred Heart also got solid play from senior Katie Page (80-77—157) and sophomore Meredith Moir (82-81—163), and posted a team total of 320, 22 shots better than Calloway County.
Henry Clay was in position to overtake Calloway County early in the afternoon, but the Blue Devils didn't rally and wound up 10 shots behind the Lakers in third place.
Henry Clay was led by junior Alison Miller (81-82—163) and freshman Leslie Ginter (84-81—165. The Devils also had junior Meg Mills (85-83—168), freshman Sara Bidarian (88-84—172) and senior Allison Leigeb (91-86—177).