Golf: WHHS’ Kinney finishes in top 15 at state

By LINDA YOUNKIN/ Published:

Western Hills senior Megan Kinney closed out her high school golf career with a top 15 finish in the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Girls State Golf Championships Wednesday.

Kinney shot a two-day total of 157 (79-78) at Bowling Green Country Club to tie for 14th place.

Wednesday began with Kinney at the course at 6:45 a.m. to play the final two holes of the first round, which was suspended Tuesday evening due to darkness.

After everyone completed the first round Wednesday morning, cuts were made and pairings set for the second round.

“I had to finish two holes and go back to play another 18,” Kinney said in a phone interview. “It wasn’t really physically tiring, but I wasn’t playing as well as I hoped and I didn’t place as well as I hoped. It was mentally tiring.

“Both days I thought I hit the ball fairly well, but I didn’t putt that great. It wasn’t my week.”

But Kinney is keeping the state tournament in perspective.

“It’s just one tournament,” she said. “I’m really excited for the girls who played well. I had some friends who did well, and I’m excited for them.

“This is just one tournament, and it doesn’t define me as a player.”

Calloway County sophomore Anna Hack won the state tournament with a score of 142 (68-74), beating North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm by four shots.

Sacred Heart won the team title for the second straight year, finishing with a score of 636 (320-316). Calloway County was second at 658, and 11th Region champion Henry Clay placed third at 668.

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