Franklin County's girls golf team came into the regional tournament as one of the favorites with a few wins - and a few losses - against co-favorites Lexington Christian and Woodford County.
On Tuesday the Lady Flyers grabbed their biggest win of the season, capturing the Region 7 tournament at Juniper Hill. FCHS won the tournament with a team score of 342, six strokes ahead of Lexington Christian. Woodford County was third at 356.
Defending regional champion Western Hills was sixth with a 381, and Frankfort High finished at 553.
Franklin County and LCA both advance to the state tournament to be played next week, Oct. 7-8, at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland.
"We played Lexington Christian and lost off and on all year," said FCHS senior Rachel Oliver, "and Woodford beat us Saturday before last, and last Saturday. Then we heard that Lafayette, who hadn't played in any of our Saturday tournaments, was playing good."
All of which made for some pretty nervous golfers Tuesday.
"We really wanted to do good at region," FCHS senior Holly Kell said. "Everyone was uptight. I think we wanted to do good more than beat Christian and Woodford.
"At the first hole I was so nervous I was shaking," she added. "I probably didn't settle down until the sixth hole."
Kell shot 80 Tuesday. Oliver, playing with Mallory Blackwelder of Woodford County and Lexington Christian's Ashlee Rose, was individual runner-up with three-over-par 77. Blackwelder was medalist, shooting a one-under-par 73. Rose finished at 78. Blackwelder was regional runner-up last year when Mandy Goins of Western Hills won.
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