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Owen girls golf team taking on top competitors

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County High School girl’s golf team has begun the 2012 season by taking on all challengers.
In three of their first four matches, the team has competed against six of the teams that finished in the top 10 in the 2011 State Golf Tournament.
In the Lady Rebels’ opening match of the year on July 28 at the Green County Invitational, the team competed against Henry Clay High School which finished eighth; Glasgow High School which finished tied for sixth; and Green County High School which  was the runner-up.
At Green County, Owen County placed sixth, one shot behind Russell County and eight strokes behind Glasgow.
The Lady Rebels were two shots better than Green County.
Shelby Power led the Lady Rebels with an 81, giving her the sixth best individual score of the day.
Kennedi Dermon fired an 89 while Julie Spaulding and Lynsey Farrar posted a 92. Lydia Merrifield also competed in the match.
On July 30, the team headed to New Castle to take part in the Henry County Invitational. There the team would compete against the defending state champions from Sacred Heart  Academy and the fourth-place finishers from the state golf tournament in Shelby County.
Sacred Heart would win at New Castle with Shelby County coming in second. Owen County placed fourth.
Spaulding paced the Lady Rebels with an 85.
Power and Farrar each finished with an 86 while Dermon fired an 88. Aly Minch shot a 95.
The Lady Rebels spent the next day at the Grant County Invitational. They would win the match by one stroke over Notre Dame. The Pandas finished tied for sixth at last year’s state tournament. Power shot 82, Dermon and Farrar 85 and Spaulding 87. Aly Minch also competed.
On Wednesday the team hosted the Lady Rebels Golf Classic at Perry Park.
The team would finish sixth, just one stroke behind both Notre Dame and Owensboro Catholic.
Power shot 82, Spaulding 86, Dermon 87, Farrar, 88, and Minch, 92.
Sacred Heart finished first and Shelby County second.