LAWRENCEBURG — When Drex Davis, the tournament director, presented the 7th Region first-place team trophy to Franklin County on Tuesday, he noted that the Flyers had placed second to West Jessamine the past three years.
He knew all too well.
In addition to tourney director, he is Franklin County's coach.
"Every year, we just tell them to go shoot their average," Davis said. "They don't have to do anything special, don't have to play over their head. Just go play their game and, hopefully, it'll be good enough."
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The Flyers came through "pretty much on it" in shooting their averages, Davis said. An exception was Abby Smith, who improved to place third overall with an 81.
Teammate Abbi Stamper placed fourth (82), Erin Marshall tied for fifth (84), and Laura Semones tied for 17th (93). Aubrey Reid shot 102.
The top two teams, plus the next four individuals not from either of those teams, advance to the State Championship, Oct. 8 to 10 at Bowling Green Country Club.
Playing in an unseasonal chill over the par-71 Wild Turkey Trace Golf Club, Franklin County won by 13 strokes with a 340. Runner-up Sayre, advancing to state for the first time, totaled 353. West Jessamine, state runner-up last year, finished third (365), followed by Henry Clay (373).
West Jessamine junior Emily Haas repeated as medalist with a 76, the day's only sub-80 round. Sayre senior Allison Hancock shot 80, a stroke ahead of Franklin County's Smith.
"I'm very proud of how these young ladies played today," said Coach Gene Kirk, who started Sayre's program six years ago. "It was a great feeling for a school our size to get in here and get second and get to state."
Representing the Spartans were Hancock, Laura Isernhagen (85), Katey McCarthy (94), Chanel Minnifield (94) and Katelyn Sexton (100).
Haas, who placed 12th at the state tournament last year, got off to a quick start Tuesday with birdies on the par-4 third hole and par-3 fourth.
"That kind of set the pace for me for a little while," said Haas, who also birdied No. 10. "I played pretty well today. I didn't have any three-putts. That's definitely a key when you're competing in a tournament."
Joining Haas as individual qualifiers for state are eighth-grade teammate Grace Rose (84), Henry Clay senior Pilar Morgan (85) and Lafayette sophomore Kelli Crawford (87).
Crawford won a one-hole playoff against Anderson County's Taylor Gillis for the final state berth by birdieing the par-5 10th hole.