High temperature, strong winds, tall grass, and snakes all presented plenty of challenges to the 86 golfers competing in the KSHSAA 3-2-1A girls' state tournament Monday at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City. The Lady Braves finished in eighth place as a team. Three-time state medalist Jordan Carlson recorded a score of 43 on the front side (fourth best), then struggled due to back pain enroute to a second nine score of 51 to card a fine round of 94, losing a playoff for tenth place. Emilie French played a very solid round in the adverse conditions to finish with an 18-hole score of 125. Hailey Hower (122) and BrieAnna Grimmett (123) shot better on the back side after encountering the tall grass on several holes on the front side. Makenzie Downes competed well to finish with a score of 128. Kirsten Bane bounced back from a rough start to complete her round of 137. The challenges of the course as well as competing with several golfers struggling physically made it difficult to finish any higher as a team. I am very pleased with the effort today and knew it would be difficult to crack the top six. These girls competed well all season. Jordan Carlson became the first three-time state medalist in at least 25 years and may have set the season scoring average for the same time span.
As a side note, Freshman Faith Hedges, who won the Council Grove Regional last week was the top individual with a score of 84 (44-40). Caney Valley won their third consecutive team title. (Coach Throne)
Council Grove A team was 1st overall! There were 16 total teams. The team consisted of Nichole Patry, Morgan Poole, Heather Patry and Shantel Corp. Heather Patry was the High Individual, Morgan was 2nd and Nichole was 11th. Also, our C team was 1st overall with Kayla Watson winning the C team division, Jordan Kelley was 8th, and Hailey Hower was 12th.
Brent Burnett, Marcus Wishon, Ty Salas, Morgan Poole, Heather Patry Trey Marshall, Tyler Graham, Gage Yowell, Kane Kormanic Justine Lee, Nichole Patry, Avery Lee, Shantel Corp, Kallie Swisher, Hannah Konen, Jordan Kelley, Aubrey Powell, Hailey Hower, Kayla Watson, Jaedyn Miller