Under par: West’s Rose takes state individual title

Josh Preston


Coming up just short with a second place finish last year, West senior and UK commit Grace Rose’s high school golf career culminated in an individual state championship.

“It was truly incredible winning state this year,” Rose says “Last year, I wasn’t as experienced or prepared.  It was awesome finishing off my senior year with a win.”

Shooting a combined 142 over two days of competition, Rose secured her victory by a three-shot margin in front of over 100 other competitors.

As a verbal commit to the University of Kentucky, Rose will have to step on campus next year as a greenhorn to competitive SEC play.

Under the leadership of Rose, the West girls’ golf team came up just short at the regional tournament this year to making it to the team state championship.  Coming only three shots short, the young but talented squad just couldn’t seem to make the cut.  However, preceding the runner-up performance at the regional tournament came a highly successful season.

Coached by West High teacher Jen Brown, the team, including sophomores Katelyn Gleason, Judianne Speach and Sydney Howard, along with senior Grace Rose, finished with three third place finishes in the tournaments they participated in this year. Rose says that she feels the season “went well” as a team and is excited to see what the future holds for the talented group of girls.

In a celebratory assembly held at the high school, West High principal Ken Cox deemed West Jessamine “the high school golf capital of Kentucky.”

With talented young players of both girls’ and boys’ teams ready to fill in the role of departing seniors, the future looks bright for the West Jessamine golf program.  The program hopes to maintain their reign of dominance over high school golf and to retain the title of “the high school golf capital of Kentucky” for years to come.


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