By LARRY VAUGHT
Lexington Christian Academy junior Laney Frye admits winning the 7th Region Golf Tournament was a big moment for her. However, her day Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Jessamine County was even more memorable.
Frye was the standard bearer for the group in the Barbasol Championship that included LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincecome, only the fifth woman ever to play in a PGA Tour. Lincecome had just one birdie, hit one ball in the water and finished with a 6-over par 78 — “But I still had a lot of fun,” Lincecome said.
It didn’t matter to Frye. She was thrilled to be so close to Lincecome.
“To get a high five from her, talk to her, be inside the ropes with her … it was just unbelievable,” Frye said. “It was so much fun. The gallery was great from the first hole on and you could tell they were thrilled she was here. Everybody was cheering for her and she could not have been nice.”
Frye did not get to see LPGA Tour rookie Emma Talley, a three-time Kentucky state high school champion from Caldwell County, play in the pro-am Wednesday at the Barbasol Championship. However, Frye’s goal is to one day be at the same level Talley is and watching Lincecome only adds to that feeling to reach what she says is here “ultimate goal” of making the LPGA Tour.
“This was just so special. It’s great for golf in our state but it’s really good for me to be there with her, too,” Frye said. “It was crazy just walking next to her. She is someone I always looked up to and she was making history just by being here.”
Frye said she learned about course management listening to how Lincicome sometimes didn’t try a shot because she said “there was a 50 percent chance” she couldn’t make the shot. She also liked how Lincicome kept grinding on a day when the “putts weren’t falling” for her.
So how did she get picked for this group since many would have considered it the prime assignment?
“We asked for some favors and it worked out,” Frye said. “I had a day I’ll never forget.”