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September 18, 2013 | 09:58 AM
Kennedy Nash waited patiently as the sun went down over the Old Capital Golf Club Saturday, waiting for the final golfers to cart in.
Holding the lead at the clubhouse, Corydon Central's Nash's patience paid off as her 77 held up for an eight-stroke victory over Salem's Amanda Kilburn (85) in the Mid-Southern Conference Meet at her home course.
Corydon Central's Kennedy Nash approaches her ball on No. 12 before firing her shot while teammate Marie Rothrock looks on. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
"I'm really excited," Nash said after waiting for more than an hour after she completed her round. "I was pretty pleased with myself, especially putting. I three-putted some holes, but I was pretty pleased overall. It fell into place today like I was hoping."
Not only did the results for Nash as an individual fall into place, so did the overall team result. It was anticipated Corydon Central and Silver Creek, after battling to a pair of one-stroke matches in the regular season, would be among the contenders.
Holding form, it was the Lady Panthers and Silver Creek playing with one another throughout the ideal day for golf on the par-71 course (hole No. 10 used as a par-3). Corydon Central, using personal best rounds from several golfers, won the team title with a 354. Silver Creek placed second with a 370, while Salem (386) was third.
"That's our best we've had all year," Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. "It was a great day."
Nash said the build up toward winning conference, the first for the program, had been evident leading into the meet.
"We had been practicing well," Nash said. "Kennedy and Marie (Rothrock) started scoring well after not scoring so well early in the year, but they've started playing well. I thought that, if they played like they had been lately and the other ones pick it up a little bit, we'd have a good shot. I was shocked with how well all of them played. It was an 'Oh, my gosh' when they all came in."
For the top two senior Lady Panthers, their rounds were lower than they've ever been in an 18-hole format; Kennedy had never broken 80 and nor Rothrock 90.
Starting on hole No. 13, a par-4, Kennedy raced out to a better-than-ideal start, making a birdie putt. It launched a great start on the back nine. For the back nine overall, she shot a 2-over par 37, which included five pars.
"The first hole I birdied, and I knew it was going to be a good day," Kennedy said.
On the front nine, she had a string of three straight pars on holes two through four. Kennedy's one hiccup was a double bogey on No. 4, but she returned to par form after, carding three more in a row. She'd finish with a 6-over par 77.
"All the hard work in the summer, it's finally paying off," she added after saying she didn't use her driver all day. "Marie and I played together, and we were both on. It was a good day for both of us."
"Kennedy has had so many rounds that were on the verge, but she'd have a hole here or there and was discouraged," Kevin Nash, Kennedy's father, said. "She knows she is capable of playing well, and today is really nice to see her put it together for 18."
Turning in her best career score, Rothrock tallied an 88, placing tied for fourth overall.
"It was good and bad at times," Rothrock said. "My good thing today was I kept it in play and that always saves your score. I had some shots get away from me, but I recovered well."
For the day, Rothrock put in a birdie on No. 15 then added seven pars. She excelled on the back nine, scoring a 4-over.
"It was a great win for us because several of us had our all-time lows, and it's exciting," Rothrock said. "It gives us a lot of confidence because we'll be here Thursday for sectional."
Cortlin Engleman also put in one of her best rounds. She played even over both nines, scoring a 48 on the front and 46 on the back to close with a 94. Teammate Sidney Capelle gave the Lady Panthers a good bump as well, shooting a 95. Lauren Murphy also participated and shot a 109.
Coach Nash said Engleman and Capelle had rounds in the high 90s last year, but the results on Saturday really helped the team secure the conference title. Nash, Rothrock and Engleman earned All-MSC honors, while Capelle took honorable mention.
"It set us back when we lost Taylor (Frederick), but I still thought that, if we came together and played some good golf, we'd have a good shot to do some things," Kevin Nash said. "Conference title was one of those goals, and we'll continue Thursday to look for another good day. I think if we shoot (354), we'll have a shot, but, whether it's good enough or not, I don't know. I think we'd be in the running."
Frederick has missed the golf season with an injury. The senior had an 86 at sectional last year.
North Harrison shot a 509 as a team, led by Jalisa Jones' 115. Teammate Brittany McCarty fired a 118. Also playing for the Lady Cats were Payton Biddle (135), Rachel Biddle (141) and Brianna Stickler (156).
Eleven teams will take flight at the sectional tournament tomorrow (Thursday) at Old Capital. The first team will tee up at 11 a.m. with golfers taking off on holes No. 1 and 10. Corydon Central, North Harrison and South Central will participate and attempt to chase down defending champion New Albany and 2013 favorite Floyd Central.
Team scores: 1. Corydon Central 354, 2. Silver Creek 370, 3. Salem 386, 4. Brownstown Central 404, 5. Scottsburg 456, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 506, 7. North Harrison 509 (No team scores - Austin, Charlestown, Clarksville).
Individual scores: 1. Kennedy Nash (CC) 77, 2. Amber Kilburn (S) 85, 3. Lily Smith (SC) 86, 4t. Charlotte Seaton (SC) 88, 4t. Marie Rothrock (CC) 88, 4t. Jordan Stevens (BC) 88, 7t. Devin Gabbard (A) 92, 7t. Emily Motsinger (S) 92, 9. Mariah Deaton (S) 93, 10. Cortlin Engleman (CC) 94.