ANDERSON — For the first time since 2018 the Madison County golf tournament had a new individual medalist, and for the first time since 2016 it had a new overall team take home the trophy.
Pendleton Heights was responsible for ending both of Lapel’s long reigns at the top of the county.
A four-year stretch by Lapel’s Macy Beeson as the county’s top golfer was destined to end with her graduation, but who would take her place was the big question entering the weekend.
Arabians’ senior Skylar Baldwin stepped up and fired a personal-best 83 to earn the honor, and help Pendleton Heights win the team title.
Baldwin was the Arabians’ first individual medalist since Emily Tilton in 2014.
Baldwin didn’t let slow play and a five-over par start to the day through the first four holes get to her.
After starting on hole No. 8, following the five-over par stretch, she birdied holes 12 and 13 to move back to just three-over par.
She ended the day with pars on four of the last seven holes.
Pendleton Heights finished with a team score of 363.
The score was their best 18-hole score of the season by 30 strokes, and was 22 shots better than the runner-ups, Lapel (385).
Frankton placed third (388), Alexandria was fourth (421), and Elwood was fifth (502).
Along with Baldwin’s 83, senior Audrey Jenkins placed third with an 89, junior Addison Summerall shot a 95, and senior Kelsey Day rounded out the team’s scores with a 96.
The Arabians previous season-best score was a 393 at the Lapel Invitational.
Leading Lapel to the runner-up finish was a freshman, Annabelle Marshall.
Marshall was just one stroke off of continuing the streak of Bulldogs earning the individual medal with a round of 84.
Rosemary Likens shot a 91 for Lapel, Jordi Pilkington shot a 103, and Elly Carey fired a 107.
Baldwin and Jenkins for Pendleton Heights, and Marshall and Likens for Lapel were all named All-Madison County.
Joining them as the top six to earn that honor was Frankton’s Emma Sperry (91) and Hannah Cain (94).