Girls golf team places first at regionals

With a score of 350, the girls golf team places first at 6A regionals and will advance to the state tournament

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  • On Thursday, Oct. 11, junior Hannah Davie chips the ball onto the green at the 6A Gardner Edgerton regional tournament. "The team did great. We were playing in bad weather conditions in the morning and that had an effect on our scores," said Davie. "Before state, we need to keep staying consistent throughout the rounds and finish strong on the last holes."

  • At the tee, senior Sarah Lawson drives the ball down the fairway. Lawson placed first at the 6A regional tournament after beating freshman Libby Green in the playoff.

  • Driving the ball, freshman Libby Green tees off on the first hole.

  • After putting, senior Sarah Lawson watches her ball roll towards the hole.

  • Using her driver, sophomore Megan Haymaker hits the ball off the tee box.

  • Hitting off the tee box, senior Sarah Lawson watches her ball travel down the fairway.

  • On the green, freshman Libby Green putts her ball towards the hole.

  • Approaching the green, senior Sarah Lawson chips the ball towards the hole.

  • At the first hole, sophomore Caroline Lawson tees off.

  • On the tee box, junior Hannah Davie drives the ball.

  • With her eye on the ball, senior Sarah Lawson uses her putter on the green.

  • Walking down the fairway, senior Sarah Lawson chats with the other two golfers in her tournament group.

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With a score of 350, the girls golf team placed first at the Gardner Edgerton regionals tournament. After the tournament was postponed three days due to rain, the tournament took place on Thursday, Oct. 11th at the Olathe-Prairie Highlands Golf Course. The girls competed against 6 other teams, claiming first by 30 strokes.

At the tee, senior Sarah Lawson drives the ball down the fairway. Lawson placed first at the 6A regional tournament after beating freshman Libby Green in the playoff.

After freshman Libby Green and senior Sarah Lawson tied for first, both shooting an 82, Lawson won the playoff and claimed first, while Green claimed second. Trailing behind, sophomore Ava Van Inwegen placed fifth with a score of 91. Although this is Lawson’s fourth year of playing, the meet still gave her new experiences.

“It was crazy, I ended up tying with Libby and then we had to go out and play a playoff for first place,” Lawson said. “I had never played a playoff against my own teammate before.”

The low scores of the team earned them the title of regional champions of the 6A league, making them the first Mill Valley girls team to do so. According to Ava Van Inwegen, the lack of competition from the other teams and the effort that the girls put into this tournament helped them achieve their title.

“It was definitely lower competition from the present schools as other schools have been at previous competitions,” said Van Inwegen. “Going into it, we knew we knew the competition wouldn’t be as high but we still had to play well because any school could come out of nowhere [and win] if we didn’t play as well as we did.”

Lawson thinks the team needs to improve their concentration and focus before the state tournament.

“I think a lot of us struggle with mentality while playing and being able to get back into a rhythm,” Lawson said. “If all of us can be a little more confident and get a little more stable throughout the round we will perform better [at state].”

The girls golf team will next compete at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on Monday, Oct. 15th for the 6A state tournament.

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