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PREP GOLF: Gumm wins Lady Bruin Invitational (08/17)

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By Greg Crews

 

The News-Enterprise FORT KNOX With a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff, Lydia Gumm became the first-ever two-time champion of the Lady Bruin Invitational. Despite double-bogeying the opening hole Saturday, the North Hardin High School golfer and James T. Alton eighth-grader turned in an even-par 73 at Lindsey Golf Course to force a playoff with Franklin-Simpson’s Kelsey Burrell. After both players parred hole No. 10 on the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, Burrell hit her tee shot into the rough on the par-5 11th and eventually two-putted from 25 feet for par. Gumm drove down the left side of the fairway and hit her approach shot to the fringe, where she chipped within five feet and rolled in the tournament-clinching birdie putt. “You never get tired of that,” Gumm said winning the tournament on a putt. “That was the best feeling of the whole day.” It’s certainly not a new feeling for Gumm, whose last three tournaments have ended in sudden-death playoffs for the title. Winning the highly competitive Lady Bruin Invitational isn’t new to Gumm either. Two years ago, Gumm won the event as a sixth-grader with a 74. “It’s a big tournament. It was a really tough field,” Gumm said. “They had the course playing really long too, so that made it a really good tournament as far as preparation. It was probably longer than State, really.” Shelby County won the team title out of a field of 19 with a 352, while the Lady Rockets’ Candice Wiley finished third individually with a four-over 77. Franklin-Simpson finished second with a 362, one stroke ahead of third-place Glasgow. Elizabethtown finished seventh (385), while John Hardin placed 14th (425) and host Central Hardin took 17th (439).