Mattie Neeley had a one-shot lead heading to No. 17 on Sunday afternoon at the first-ever Kentucky Golf Coaches Association (KGCA) All-State Championship in Lexington.
With a title almost within her grasp, the Madison Central senior wasn't able to seal the deal.
"I hadn't three-putted a hole in the past five tournaments," Neeley said.
She bogeyed the hole, dropping her back into a tie for the lead and then needed a par on No. 18 to force playoff.
"It all could have been over a lot earlier," Neeley said with a laugh.
The senior, who has committed to EKU, was able to regroup and claim the individual championship.
Neeley had a par on the second extra hole to beat out Lexington Christian Academy's Laney Frye and Rylea Marcum of Great Crossing.
Led by Neeley, Madison Central took second place in the team competition. The Lady Indians shot a 625 (+49) in the unique two-day event, which was held at the University Club of Kentucky.
LCA (616, +40) took the team title.
In the boys tournament, Madison Central shot a +54, 626 and finished in eighth place.
The first-ever KGCA All-State Championship featured the top 15 boys and girls teams from across the state - regardless of region - along with 21 addition individual players not from those squads.
The field was based on state-wide point rankings.
The event was created after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association approved a proposal that allowed only one team from each region to advance the state tournament, instead of two.
"It was really fun playing with the best players in the state," Neeley said. "I'm so glad this tournament was created."
Neeley shot a -4, 68, on Saturday and had a two-shot lead after the first round over Frye. The senior had birdies on No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 14 and No. 17. Her only bogey came on No, 15.
"I didn't miss a shot all day," Neeley said. "My putter got hot."
Neeley went to -5 with a birdie on No. 3 on Sunday.
She went through a rough stretch after that, though.
The senior bogeyed No. 4 and No. 9 and had a double bogey on No. 7 on a breezy, hot day. She made the turn at +3.
"It was hard on everybody," Neeley said of conditions. "Only one girl was under par for the day. The wind really got to everyone."
Neeley, Frye, Marcum and Faith Martin of South Warren all finished with even-par scores of 144.
Martin fell out of the playoff on the first hole after the other three participants had pars.
The field moved back to No. 17 for the second hole. All three golfers pulled their tee shots badly, but Neeley's ball didn't end up in the hazard.
"Thankfully, mine stayed up," Neeley said.
Marcum and Frye had to take drops. Neeley got onto the green and two-putted for the championship.
"It was the hardest one-foot putt of my life," Neeley said.
Central got solid performances from the rest of the team as well.
Reagan Clark shot a +11, 155, and finished tied for 14th.
Claira Ramsey fired a +18, 162, and finished tied for 30th. Elizabeth Eberle (+20, 164) was 32nd and Katherine Taylor (+27, 171) tied for 43rd.
Dunbar (+77) was third and Great Crossing (+89) was fifth - giving Region 9 teams four of the top five finishers in the state-wide tournament.
Model's Lydia Harrel qualified for the event as an individual. The freshman shot a 95 on Saturday, but bounced back with an 86 in the final round. She finished tied for 61st with a +37, 181.
Madison Central was ninth after the first day of the boys tournament.
The Indians pushed up the leaderboard in the final round.
Cooper Eberle shot rounds of 78 and 76 and finished tied for 39th with a +11, 154. Freshman Clay Pendergrass shot a +155, +12, and finished tied for 46th place.
Warren Thomis (+15, 158) tied for 51st. Gavin McKune (+16, 159) tied for 59th and Bryce Snapp (+17, 160) finished 65th.
Patriots take third at Grant County
The Model Laboratory boys golf team took third out of 14 teams on Saturday at the Grant County Invitational. The event was played at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Dry Ridge.
The Patriots had a team score of 308.
Mason Hamrick took the individual title with a dominating performance. He shot a -9, 63, to claim the championship.
Nate Feese shot a 78. Thomas Luxon fired an 82. Caleb Ballard had an 85 and Jake Hajjar finished with an 87.