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Krista Power recently became only the second Owen County student to bring home top honors at the Sixth Region High School Girls Golf Tournament.
Power became the first female golfer from Owen County to win a regional golf championship since Ashley Kendall did it in 1998 and 2000.
Power captured the region championship with a 76 at Eagle Creek Country Club. Power won the title by five strokes over the runner-up, Morgan Larison of Simon Kenton High School.
“It was my goal when the season started and I accomplished it,” Power said.
The Owen County High School senior bogeyed the final two holes of the day and wasn’t sure how her round was going to stack up against the rest of the field.
It wasn’t until she was walking to the clubhouse did she begin to get a sense of what she had done.
“As I was walking to the clubhouse, people were telling me I had won,” Power said.
As a team, the Lady Rebels finished third behind Notre Dame and Grant County high schools.
Kennedi Dermon fired a 91 while Shelby Power shot a 94. Aly Minch added a 95 and Lynsey Farrar carded a 105.
With her win at the regional tournament, Power advanced to the KHSAA State Golf Tournament that was held last week at the Bowling Green Country Club.
For the senior, it was her second straight trip to the state tournament.
She opened the event with an 84 in the first round and found herself tied for 26th place.
On day two, she posted a round of 83 which was good enough for a 27th place tie.
Power said she had hoped to finish in the top 15, but said the experience of playing in the tournament was great.
Owen County High School Girls Golf Coach David Wainscott echoed the sentiments of Power.
“It was the best coaching experience I’ve ever had,” Wainscott said.
For two days, Wainscott followed Power around the course. They talked about club selection and other details of the game.
Wainscott tried to keep Power calm throughout the tournament.
“He was just as nervous as I was,” Power said.
Her solid play on the course, as well as her good attitude, drew the attention of tournament officials. As a result, she was given the Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.
Wainscott said the award was well deserved.
“She doesn’t meet a stranger,” Wainscott said. “She just enjoys playing golf.”
Now that her high-school career is over, Power will take her clubs and her talent to Morehead State University where she has verbally committed to play golf.
Power said she feels comfortable with the small-town atmosphere that Morehead has to offer.
She is also looking forward to the challenges of playing NCAA Division I golf.
While Power was having a good week for Owen County, Caldwell County’s Emma Talley won her second state title in three years. “I was so excited for her,” said Power of her friend, Talley.
It would have been her third consecutive win had she not signed an incorrect scorecard last year, which disqualified her.
The unique thing about the incident is that no one would have known about her mistake had she not confessed to it herself, knowing it would result in her disqualification and forfeiting the victory.