High School Sports

W. Jessamine golf star wins 3rd straight title

FRANKFORT — There are no guarantees in golf, but Emily Haas winning a girls' region title comes pretty close.

Haas, a West Jessamine senior, won the 7th Region tournament for the third year in a row by shooting a 2-under par 72 at Juniper Hills Monday.

The Lady Colts also took the team title, with freshman Grace Rose's 76 tying her for second with Franklin County senior Abby Smith.

In a mild surprise, Henry Clay was region runner-up to earn its first trip to the state in more than a decade.

The state tournament is in Bowling Green next week.

Haas, who will play college golf at Louisville, said she was able to stay relatively relaxed while trying to three-peat.

"Having two (titles) under my belt helped a lot to keep my nerves to a minimum," she said. "I thought I played pretty well overall."

That's nothing new. This was Haas' sixth tournament title in the last two months, including a home-course victory at Connemara last weekend when she beat North Hardin star Lydia Gumm.

"Emily has had an amazing senior season," Coach Jen Brown said.

West Jessamine taking the region team title was icing on the cake for Haas.

"I'm really excited about that," she said. "Getting there as a team is great."

Whitney Deaton (85), Hannah Wood (99) and Catey Settle (101) also helped the Lady Colts return to the state tournament after they missed out last year.

"It's really special for these girls to go as a team," Brown said. "They've really been wanting this and working for it all season."

Henry Clay Coach Kevin Mims will take a relatively young team to Bowling Green.

The Blue Devils' low scorer Monday was sophomore Allison Leigeb with an 81. Senior Kelly Murner had one of the best days of her career with an 84. Senior Shelby Grant, freshman Allison Miller and seventh-grader Leslie Ginter all had 87s.

"I was concerned all season about how young we were," Mims said. "I didn't know if we had enough tenacity."

But the Devils showed plenty of fight when it counted the most. On a chilly, gray day when only 16 out of 95 golfers broke 90, all of Henry Clay's players did it.

"All year long we've been right on the cusp but just couldn't get over it," Mims said. "But when we finished third at the (Kentucky Invitational Tournament a few weeks ago), the girls started believing.

"It just took them a while to get their maturity level up."

Qualifying for the state as individuals were Franklin County's Smith (76), Western Hills sophomore Megan Kinney (79), Boyle County sophomore Rachel Pingleton (82) and Anderson County freshman Kaitlyn Riley (84).

Team results — West Jessamine 332; Henry Clay 339; Franklin County 349; Western Hills 375; Boyle County 378; Lafayette 381; Model 387; Anderson Co. 408; Lexington Catholic 409; Paul Laurence Dunbar 409; Mercer County 410; Woodford County 425; Lexington Christian 432; Madison Southern 436; Sayre 451; Tates Creek 494; Madison Central 527. Bryan Station, East Jessamine and Frankfort did not have team scores.

Top individuals — Emily Haas (WJ) 72; Grace Rose (WJ) 76, Abby Smith (FC) 76; Megan Kinney (WH) 79; Allison Leigeb (HC) 81; Rachel Pingleton (BC) 82; Kelly Murner (HC) 84, Kaitlyn Riley (AC) 84; Erin Marshall (FC) 85, Whitney Deaton (WJ) 85; Shelby Grant (HC) 87, Leslie Ginter (HC) 87, Allison Miller (HC) 87, Stef Giacchini (Model) 87, Abbi Stamper (FC) 87; Kelli Crawford (L) 89