Sumner sets example at state tournament

Bryan Edwards | Kentucky New Era

Christian County's Hannah Sumner chips up to the green during her round at the KHSAA State Tournament in Bowling Green on Tuesday.

BOWLING GREEN -- Christian County's Hannah Sumner may not have played to the capability she wanted to, but just being there was enough of an experience for her.

The senior carded an 89 on day one of the KHSAA Girl's State Golf Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club on Tuesday, and although she missed the cut by just one stroke, she was happy to be playing in general.

"I was excited," she said. "I wish I would have done a little better, but I still think I worked hard. But I'm happy."

One of the things she focused on coming into the tournament was her approaches to the green, and it showed in areas.

Her short game saved her some shots Tuesday -- ones that nearly get her to the second day of action. She said an area that didn't go too well was on the tee boxes.

"My chipping was pretty good today -- I was getting up there close enough to make putts," Sumner said. "My tee shots were a little rough. I was starting off bad on a lot of my holes."

Sitting at 7-over through eight holes after a double bogey on eight, Sumner made her push to keep her tournament hopes alive.

She parred nine, birdied 10 and parred the next two holes to put her in prime position. She said she knew she needed to put the bad hole behind her in order to keep moving forward.

"It's hard, but in tournaments like this, every shot counts," she said. "You really have to put it behind you and move forward."

The push wasn't enough as Sumner struggled late, posting a final score of 89 on the day.

Sumner's round, all the while seems to be just that ---means a little more.

She said the work she put in outside of the practices and matches led her to this point.

"I've been going out a lot on my own -- a lot more than I usually do -- just because I wanted to get better and I wanted to be here," Sumner said. "I worked really hard."

With no girls from Hopkinsville, Christian County or University Heights Academy qualifying for the state tournament last year, Sumner is setting a precedent.

How she worked to get to Bowling Green throughout the season should be something others can use to replicate and strive to do. Sumner said it just takes work.

"It's a great experience to come here," Sumner said. "I think a lot of it is working on your own -- putting that extra work in. I think there are a lot of girls, especially back in Hoptown that are really good and definitely have a chance to be here in the years to come."

After the first day of play, Olivia Hensley (Boyd Co.) and Laney Frye (Lexington Christian) lead the pack at 3-under. Kaitlyn Zieba (Madisonville-North Hopkins) leads all in the Second Region.

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