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For the past nine years, the Notre Dame Pandas have owned the Sixth Region Golf Tournament.
On Sept. 25 in Kenton County, the Owen County Lady Rebels took possession of the trophy.
The Lady Rebels had to wait out a few anxious moments in the clubhouse before learning they were had won the title.
“We knew we were in contention,” Owen County High School Head Golf Coach David Wainscott said. “The Notre Dame coach tapped me on the back before their score was posted and said ‘congratulations.’ We knew then we were the champions.”
Shelby Power, who fired a 78 on the day and captured the sixth-region individual championship, led the Lady Rebels.
Power said it’s nice to see all the hard work pay off.
“It feels pretty great,”Power said. “I feel very accomplished.”
The feat equals that of her sister Krista, who won the title in 2010.
Power’s win ended another streak as she defeated the two-time sixth region champ Sarah Kellam from Grant County.
The Lady Braves finished third as a team.
The win was a total team effort for Owen County as Kennedi Dermon fired an 83, Lynsey Farrar shot a 92, Aly Minch came in at 95 and Julie Spaulding hit a 97.
“It is nice to have the whole team going to state,” Power said. “I am very proud of this team.”
The junior said the goal now is for the team to make the cut at the state tournament in Bowling Green.
Power acknowledged the team’s fate would be determined on how well each of them handles their nerves. She said the fact that the team played such a tough schedule early in the season may help with those jitters.
Wainscott said many people were responsible for the Lady Rebels’ success such as the parents and Gilbert England and Fairway Golf Course.
In the end, the coach credited his team for all they have done to reach this point.
“Our girls have worked hard, spent a lot of hours on the golf course and deserved this title,” Wainscott said. “Our commitment has paid off.”
The KHSAA Girl’s State Tournament started Tuesday and concluded Wednesday at the Bowling Green Country Club.