BURNSIDE — The Lincoln County High School girls’ golf season come to a close Monday at General Burnside Island State Park Golf Course.
The Lady Patriots failed to qualify for state berths, either team or individual, placing eighth out of 10 teams in the Girls’ 9th Region Tournament.
Lincoln carded a final round of 392 in the 18-hole tournament, led by Lady Patriot senior Kayla Upchurch. Upchurch had a 90 (48-42) in her final high school match, missing the state cut by six strokes.
The Lady Patriot golfers finished in the same order as they did at last year’s regionals.
Gentry Lewis had Lincoln’s second low round, finishing the 18-hole tournament with a round of 97. Kayla Davis, who is also a senior, finished out her high school career with a 100 and Maggie Taylor had a 105 to round out the Lady Patriots’ regional team scoring.
Lincoln’s fifth player, Kaycie Bandura, finished out of the team scoring but she showed the most improvement in scoring for the Lady Pats from last season’s tournament, cutting eight strokes off her score to finish at 112.
Russell County moved up a position from last year, beating North Laurel by 12 strokes to claim the regional team championship and an automatic state berth. Russell’s four-man team score was 334. North Laurel earned a team state berth as well, coming in at 346 to claim runner-up honors. Williamsburg, last year’s regional champion, failed to qualify this time around, placing third with a team score of 349. Pulaski County was fourth with 352 and Rockcastle County was fifth with 366.
Helping North Laurel gain a state berth was medalist Caroline Moore, who won the individual title with a 72. Russell County’s low scorer was Kenna Richardson with a 77.
The four lowest scorers not on state-qualifying teams also earned a trip to next week’s state golf tournament at the Bowling Green Country Club. Elsa Moberly of Pulaski County earned herself a spot in the state tourney as an individual with a 75, Hannabeth Owens of Rockcastle County and Morgan Walker of Williamsburg both qualified with an 81 and Kristen Engle of Barbourville made the cut with an 84.