An award-winning summer for Owen County golfer

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Power brings home Jace Bugg Sportmanship Award

By Brian Blair

Many kids have relaxing summers where they sit by the pool or stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning. This is not the case for Krista Power. She spent her summer on the golf course playing on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour.

Power, who will be a senior this year at Owen County High School, played in the Gatorade Power division of the tour. She said the goal of the division is to prepare her and other golfers to play at the college level.

Not only did she play on the tour, but she enjoyed a great deal of success. She won three events and had eight other top five finishes. For her efforts, she was named player of the year.

Not only was she recognized for the scores she posted, she was also honored for her overall attitude while on the links. She was given the 2010 Jace Bugg Sportmanship Award. The award, which was created in 2005, is given each year in honor of the late Jace Bugg, a player on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour. He was the 1997 Kentucky Golf Association Amateur Player of the Year and enjoyed success while touring professionally. He won the 2002 Nationwide Tour’s Arkansas Classic.

In 2002, he was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in December 2003 at the age of 27.

Power said she was surprised when her name was called and was honored to win the prestigious award.

“(I thought) did I really just get this,” Power said upon hearing that she was the winner. “It really meant a lot to me.”

She said winning the award meant more to her than all of her first-place finishes.

She not only played all over Kentucky, but she also traveled to Alabama where she qualified for the Huntsville Junior, an event sponsored by the American Junior Golf Association of which she is a member. Alumni of the AJGA include Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

Power and her sister, Shelby, who plays on the tour in the 13- to 15-year-old division, will both be playing golf this season for the Lady Rebels. Shelby also played well this summer, posting a pair of wins as well as four second-place finishes.

Power said playing on the tour has helped both get ready for the upcoming high-school season.