June 16th, 2015

Year in review: Girls' golf

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Year in review: Girls' golf
Sacred Heart's golf team / file photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2014-15 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished.


The Rockets fielded a competitive team but were unable to send a golfer to the state tournament.


The Jaguars fielded a competitive team but were unable to send a golfer to the state tournament.


The Toppers sent two golfers to the state tournament. Chelsea Wright shot an 87 and Courtney Carrico shot an 88. Neither of them made the cut at State.

Sacred Heart

The Valkyries had to fight to win their fourth straight straight state title.

With her team trailing by one stroke, Maddie Rose Hamilton sank a 20-foot par putt that pulled SHA into a tie with Henry Clay and forced a sudden-death playoff. The Valkyries then went on to win the par-5 18th hole 21-23 to claim the state title. Both teams shot a 646 through the first 36 holes.

“I knew that I needed to make it,” Hamilton said. “Honestly, I just walked up, I was in my zone. Sometimes I’m able to get in my zone and I can see it. I don’t have to think about it - all I saw was that it was breaking a little left and just put it on my line. It just went in. It was all kind of a blur. It was that zone I was in.”

Freshman Erin Rowland birdied the playoff hole. Hamilton and freshman Morgan Tinsley shot par and  Ryan Bender and Meredith Moir had double bogeys. 

Tinsley ran into trouble with her tee shot but had an up and down for par.

“I ended up hitting my tee shot with my driver right into the trees,” Tinsley said. “Then I tried to punch it and I got under another tree. I was on the base of a twig and I was like, 'Oh, whatever, it’s going to be hard to get an up and down.' I was about 60 yards from the green and I got an up and down.”

Roland was feeding off momentum; she birdied the final three holes, including the playoff.

Hamilton shot a 2-over 146 to tie for fifth individually and placed in the top 10 for the third straight year. 

Moir had a rocky second day, shooting an 88 a day after firing a 75 in the first round. She finished tied for 26th with a final score of 163.

Rowland tied for 33rd with a 164, Bender tied for 45th with a 172 and Tinsley placed 67th with a 186, although her score wasn’t counted toward the first 36 holes.

Going into the final round, Sacred Heart led Henry Clay by one stroke. The Blue Devils took the lead after the front nine and built an eight-stroke advntage. The Valkyries didn’t tie it until Hamilton’s birdie putt on the final hole.

“I think I was still in a state of a shock,” Bender said. “I really didn’t know that it was that close. I thought we were out of it. Once I heard we were tied, I knew what it was going to take. Maddie already knew and we talked about it. I don’t know what happened. I never really doubted her. She stood over it and looked confident. If there’s a type of player that can do it, she’s that type of player.”

Sacred Heart won the regional tournament by 29 strokes.



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