Brossart girls golf advances to semi-state for first time in school history

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Ann Greely didn’t want to know.

As the scores from Tuesday’s Eighth Region girls golf tournament at Houston Oaks Golf Course were posted, Bishop Brossart’s coach was one of the few not staring at the scoreboard.

“It makes me a nervous wreck,” Greely said. “I just wait ‘til they announce it.”

Then, the announcement: for the first time in school history, the Mustangs became the first in program history to advance beyond the regional.

Owen County won the team title with a combined 65-over-par 353. Brossart’s Emma Laker, Olivia Schuetz, Bailey Ritter and Amery Kuehne shot a 123-over 411. (Lucy Phirman scored a 144)

Which means, the Rebels and Mustangs advance to Monday’s semi-state tournament at The Willows at Kenton County Golf Course.

Laker’s 8-over-par 80 was third lowest. Pendleton County’s Reece Barlow won with a 77, one shot better than Owen County’s Andie Baumann’s 78. What was more: Laker has advanced out of the region for the fourth straight season.

“Her game has been phenomenal,” Greely said. “She’s been working hard at it. She doesn’t take a day off.”

Laker practices two hours every day; if she’s not at the driving range, you can find her at Reeves Golf Course in Cincinnati.

“I don’t go to the driving range every day,” Laker said. “Mostly just putting and chipping.”

Tuesday, Laker covered the front nine in a 2-over-par 38. Laker was 3-over-par after 13 holes. Then, a stumble: five bogeys the rest of the way.

“I started off rough, and then I started playing really, really good,” Laker said. “Bogeying the last five holes kind of made me upset, but I finished strong … I three-putted two of the holes, and my chips weren’t close enough to get up-and-down.”

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Harrison County finished third in the team standings with a 429, followed by Highlands (454), Campbell County (460) and Gallatin County (496).

Highlands’ Bailey Markus (left) and Campbell County’s Alli Collins qualified as individuals. Photo provided | Ray Schaefer

Campbell County’s Alli Collins and Highlands’ Bailey Markus advanced as individuals. It’s Collins’ second semi-state trip and Markus’ first.

Collins shot a 24-over 96, two strokes better than last year’s 98. She said the latest trip is nicer.

“I did better than I did last year, and it’s my senior year, so we’re finishing off strong,” Collins said. “I started off pretty good; my drives and my irons were doing really well. And then I got through a funk. Luckily, I qualified.”

Markus carded a 29-over 101. She averaged about 225 yards off the tee, but her chips were “going back and forth across the green all the time.”

“My strong part was probably driving and keeping it in the fairway,” Markus said. “What I need to work on is my short putts and chipping.”


Owen County — 353*

Bishop Brossart — 411*

Harrison County — 429

Highlands — 454

Campbell County — 460

Gallatin County — 496

*= Qualified as team for sub-state tournament


Reese Barlow, Pendleton County — 77*

Andie Baumann, Owen County — 78

Emma Laker, Bishop Brossart — 80

Lucy Dunavent, Owen County — 83

Tessa Humphries, Nicholas County — 90*

Sarah Smith, Grant County — 91*

Katie Wright, Pendleton County — 93*

Emily Stedham, Owen County — 95

Alli Collins, Campbell County — 96*

Lucy Hardesty, Owen County — 97

Braylyn Boyer, Henry County — 98*

Taylor Bruener, Pendleton County — 99*

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Olivia Schuetz, Bishop Brossart — 100

Madeline Williams, Harrison County — 100*

Bailey Markus, Highlands — 101*

Lexie Chappell, Owen County — 103

Hadlie Crump, Harrison County — 104*

Lydia Young, Gallatin County — 105

Amery Kuehne, Bishop Brossart — 108

Jenna Richey, Highlands — 109

Cece Boland, Harrison County — 110

Natalie Waggoner, Campbell County — 113

Ella Pompilio, Campbell County — 114

Sarah Combs, Harrison County — 115

Lily Muller, Highlands — 117

Brynley Terrell, Gallatin County — 118

Kayci Jo Orazen, Nicholas County — 120

Braelynn Burgan, Grant County — 121

Bailey Ritter, Bishop Brossart — 123

Laci Tackett, Augusta — 125

Kendall Cross, Henry County — 125

Mary Canupp, Harrison County — 126

Kathryn Sturgeon, Paris — 127

Penelope Kolb, Highlands — 127

Kinley Baker, Gallatin County — 129

Annie Bauer, Highlands — 129

Micah Magruder, Henry County — 129

Clarissa Collins, Grant County — 130

Kate Thompson, Gallatin County — 132

Catherine Deaton, Campbell County — 137

Macy Hall, Henry County — 140 

Reagan Morris, Gallatin County — 141

Sara Enzweiler, Campbell County — 142

Lucy Phirman, Bishop Brossart — 144

Isabella Thacker, Nicholas County — 152

Sydney Carpenter, Nicholas County — WD

*= Qualified as individual for sub-state tournament

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