Christian County's Hannah Sumner put in the work to be where she is.

The senior will begin her round at the KHSAA Girls' State Golf Tournament at 11:30 a.m. this morning at Bowling Green Country Club and said she is proud that she gets to tee it up with the best in the state.

"I'm excited to be able to play in the state tournament," Sumner said. "I feel that I worked hard to earn a spot here and being a senior made me want to be here at much more."

Sumner played her practice round in Bowling Green on Wednesday in preparation and said she figured a few things out about the course and believes she'll be ready to go this morning.

"(Wednesday) went well," she said. "I was able to learn a lot from the course. The greens are faster than most, so experiencing that (Wednesday) allowed me to prepare myself for (today)."

Sumner qualified for the state tournament at Central City Country Club during the Second Region Tournament. She shot an 83 on the round, which was good enough to place her in the top seven (not counting individuals on the overall winner) and get her to Bowling Green. She finished tied for eighth overall in the field.

Given only a week between the regional and state tournaments, Sumner has had some time to clean up her game before playing in the biggest tournament of the year.

She said she mainly focused on her game near the greens in preparation for today's round.

"I have been practicing a lot on my short game," Sumner said. "My shots around the green are going to be key to scoring low."

Sumner will need a low round to make the cut as she will be facing off against the best the state has to offer today.

She said she needs to be mentally strong throughout today's round, as playing tournament golf is a lot different than just picking a cart and hitting the links on any day.

"I need to stay focused and play my game," Sumner said. "Tournaments can be overwhelming at times, so I'll have to set aside my nerves and do what I know how to do."

Sumner will be paired with Christian Academy-Louisville's Hannah Talbott, who was the final qualifier from the Sixth Region, and Daviess County's Addison Heady, who finished one stroke behind Sumner at the Second Region Tournament. The three will tee off on the first tee.

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