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Lafayette golfer ousts last Anderson hope in sudden death playoff

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By John Herndon

Lafayette's Kelly Crawford birdied the par-5 tenth hole at Wild Turkey Trace to defeat Anderson County's Taylor Gillis in a sudden death playoff for the final individual state golf tournament berth Tuesday evening.

Crawford used a great approach shot, coming within about six feet of the pin, then sinking her first putt. Gillis had played the hole well, but missed her chance for a birdie when a 25-foot putt just missed the hole. Gillis, who had qualified for the state tournament last year, parred her hole but could only helplessly watch as Crawford sank her putt.

Gillis had made the turn with an uncharacteristic 46 on the front nine, but made a great charge to finish with an 87 over the 18 holes. Gillis and Crawford tied for the fourth and final state berth, forcing the playoff.

Franklin County and Lexington Sayre advanced to the state as teams.

Boys shut out at region

The Anderson County boys' team was shut out of the state tournament, both as a team and individuals, according to members of the boys' team who made it back to Lawrenceburg in time for the end of the girls' tournament.

For a full report of regional golf tournament action, see the Oct. 7 edition of The Anderson News.