South Warren junior Jackie Van Meter wanted to prove she belonged in the state’s upper echelon.
She got her validation Saturday.
Van Meter shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Girls’ State Golf Championship at Bowling Green Country Club, tying North Hardin’s Lydia Gumm for second overall with a two-day total of 148.
“I played the best I think I’ve ever played in my life today,” Van Meter said. “I grinded so hard, and I knew I wanted this spot. It was amazing.”
Van Meter and Gumm finished 10 strokes behind Caldwell County’s Emma Talley, who won the individual title with 69s on both days.
The championship was Talley’s second in a row and third in four years. She was also on her way to a title in 2009 before disqualifying herself for an incorrect scorecard.
Sacred Heart won the team championship with a 649 total, beating Green County by 43 strokes.
Glasgow finished tied for sixth with a total of 710. The Lady Scotties were led by senior Blair Dennison, who shot an 84 on Saturday and tied for 25th.
Franklin-Simpson eighth-grader Mary Joiner shot an 89, finishing tied for 28th.
For more reaction from Van Meter, Talley and Glasgow coach Jonathan Belcher, check out Sunday’s Daily News.