GIRLS' PREP GOLF: Guinn-Burton, Brown narrowly miss qualifying for State (10/2)

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By Chuck Jones

LOUISVILLE— Sometimes the most excruciating time for golfers isn’t the time spent on the course, but the wait for the last scores to come in.

John Hardin’s Shantevia Guinn-Burton, a middle school student, and Fort Knox freshman Shannon Brown found that out the hard way Tuesday afternoon at the Girls’ 3rd Region Golf Tournament.

Guinn-Burton and Brown both carded a 96 at South Park Country Club and had the third-best score posted, but there were still several golfers yet to finish. Three golfers came in with lower scores to bump Guinn-Burton and Brown out of a possible trip to the state tournament.

The top four individuals not on the top two teams advance to next week’s Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championships at Bowling Green Country Club.

Grayson County junior Courtney Vincent shot an 81, Washington County senior Amanda Cox an 83, Bullitt East senior Olivia Pruitt an 88 and Louisville Presentation junior Courtney Carrico a 90 to earn the four qualifying spots.

After a 53 on the back nine, Brown bounced back with a 43 on the front nine. She was only 3-over on the front side through seven holes.

“I had a really tough back nine,” Brown said. “I got myself together on the first nine. I played well on the first nine. I had two bad holes. I tried to stay positive and treat it like a new start on the front nine holes.”

Fort Knox coach Kip Rambo was pleased with what he saw from Brown, who has been in the program for four years. Brown missed qualifying for State last year by seven strokes.

“She had a bad front nine, but she played great after that,” Rambo said. “She was in pretty good shape until the last two holes. She’s a multi-sport athlete who runs cross country. She has a very bright future.”

The Lady Eagles had a strong showing as they posted a team score of 426 to finish in fourth place.

“They played better,” Rambo said. “We stress integrity, so they know the scores they shoot and what they need to do to improve. Every time they’ve played they’ve gotten better. They played well at the end of the season.”

Guinn-Burton admitted she was nervous at the start, but started to play better once she settled down. Although she didn’t qualify, Guinn-Burton thought she played “really good.”

“She started off rough,” said John Hardin coach David Allan. “She put it back together around the seventh or eighth holes. I think she was really nervous and it showed. She struggled with her putting. Her putter did her in.”

North Hardin freshman Lauren Saltsman had a 99. She was one of only 18 players in the 59-player field to shoot less than 100.

Chuck Jonescan be reached at (270) 505-1759 or cjones@thenewsenterprise.com.