BOWLING GREEN — It wasn’t always pretty, but North Hardin sits in third place after the first round of the KHSAA Leachmen Girls’ State Golf Tournament.

The Lady Trojans are at 51-over par, one shot ahead of Marshall County and Sacred Heart Academy.

Lexington Christian Academy leads the way at 25-over. It is 20 shots better than South Warren.

“They did well today,” North Hardin coach Eric Vowels said. “It was tough conditions, especially this morning when it was so wet. We finished well. If you would have told at the beginning of the day where we’d be, I think I would have been happy.

“We can improve tomorrow. There’s a few shots still out there. A couple of them came in a little higher than they wanted.”

Freshman Ella Scherer leads the way.

She played the last three holes 4-over and shot 76, which puts her in fifth place.

“She did great,” Vowels said. “She doesn’t let it get to her.

Scherer bogeyed the first hole and followed that up with birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 7. She bogeyed Nos. 9 and 11.

“She’ll come out and probably shoot as good or better tomorrow,” Vowels said.

Hailey Coleman shot 80, Holly Hale 89 and Gabrielle Childers and Riley Burks, the lone senior on the team, each shot 94. Coleman, Hale and Childers are sophomores.

“Riley’s gonna shoot better. She had a rough day,” Vowels said. “She been here before and is probably gonna shave 10 or 15 shots off her score.

“The other girls are gonna play as good or better than they did. I believe our team score will be a little better tomorrow.”

The Lady Trojans collectively had 20 holes of double bogey or worse.

“After every shot you have to figure out how to bounce back,” Vowels said.

Coleman bookended her day with a pair of sevens.

“I feel like I played pretty bad,” the 5th Region Tournament individual champion said. “I hit maybe two solid iron shots. I feel like I played pretty smart. In tough spots I made really good shots, but some spots not so much. The 18th hole was not very good.”

Catching Lexington Christian will be rather tough, considering it played three holes under par, two holes at par and three at 1-over on Tuesday.

The Lady Trojans played the third hole 2-under, the 13th and 16th holes at even and the fourth. sixth, eighth and 11th holes at 1-over.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, but I know ... especially I came out here stressed today and it showed,” said Coleman, who birdied three of the four par 3s. “Come out more relaxed tomorrow and know what you can do.”

North Hardin tees it up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:06 p.m. (CT) today off the first tee.

“I think they’re better prepared,” Vowels said of his squad. They’ve gotten better as golfers. They’re more confident and comfortable.”

Seniors Olivia Hensley (Boyd County) and Laney Frye (Lexington Christian) are tied for the lead at 3-under. Madison Central’s Mattie Neeley is in third place three shots back.

Central Hardin freshman Katie Gray shot 84 to make the cut. She tees off at 7 a.m. on the first hole.

Big sister Paige Gray also made the cut with her 88. She begins on the 10th tee at 7:09 a.m.

Lady Bruins teammate Marlee Toothaker shot 90 and Meade County’s Mimi Honaker 99 and missed the individual cut, which was the low 42 players plus ties.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or

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