Girls golf places fourth at the Lawrence-Free State invitational

In a hard-fought tournament, senior Bella Hadden and junior Sarah Lawson both placed in the top ten, which boosted the placing in the last meet before the EKL

Jakob Twigg, JagWire sports editor

The girls golf varsity squad competed against 15 other teams on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Lawrence-Free State invitational. Overall, the team had a final score of 388 points, putting them in fourth place, right behind Olathe Northwest.

Leading the team of five was senior Bella Hadden, who placed first with 80 points.

“I started out really good and I was only three over [par] with seven holes left to play,” Hadden said. “I had to [get] par on the last hole to break 80 points, but then I bogeyed [the hole].”

According to junior Sarah Lawson, the windy day proved to be troubling for her and the other golfers.

“Everyone was affected by the wind, as well as the course being so different from what we were accustomed [to],” Lawson said. “I’m proud of how we did and how everyone pushed through both the wind, as well as the slow pace of the tournament.”

Lawson’s final score was 90, putting her at tenth place in the tournament.

“While I’m glad I placed individually, 90 isn’t something I’m really proud of,” Lawson said. “I left some strokes out on the course and had some errors I could’ve avoided.”

The squad went up against teams such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. James, as well as the team from Shawnee Mission East, who had three golfers place in the top ten.

“Overall, I think we did really well because we placed fourth, which ties for the highest we have played all year,” Hadden said. “[I was surprised] that nobody broke 80, which means it was a really tough course to play on.”

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