Lady Flyers among favorites

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The Region 7 girls golf tournament appears to be a three-horse race with Franklin County, Lexington Catholic and Woodford County.

The tournament tees off Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Juniper Hill, and Western Hills and Frankfort High are among the field in which will all 16 teams in the region will be represented.

"We're pretty nervous, actually," FCHS coach Drex Davis said. "We've played a lot of matches, a lot of tournaments, but if you want to go to state it comes down to one day of golf, and one day of golf puts a lot of pressure on the girls."

The top two teams and the top five individuals not on those teams qualify for the state tournament to be played Oct. 7-8 at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland.

The Lady Flyers, who finished third at state two years ago, were third at last year's regional tournament which was won by WHHS. Dunbar was runner-up. The Lady Wolverines graduated all five golfers who played in the post-season last year, including two-time regional medalist Mandy Goins.

This season FCHS is anchored by seniors Holly Kell and Rachel Oliver. The pair qualified for last year's state tournament as individuals, and they'll be playing in Tuesday's regional tournament along with senior Alex Cunningham, freshman Shana Faesy and eighth grader Jamie Harp. Senior Kelly Taulbee will be the alternate.

Franklin County faced LCA and Woodford County in a recent tournament and finished sixth with a team score of 342. Lexington Christian posted a 338, and Woodford finished at 341. In previous tournaments the Lady Flyers had one win, one fifth place finish and three third place finishes.

FCHS also went undefeated in regular-season matches this fall.

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