Girls golf finishes fifth at Lawrence High invitational

Girls golf team claimed fifth place with a score of 336 after losing a tiebreaker for fourth

Molly Smith, JAG senior ads editor

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  • On Wednesday, Sept. 26, junior Hannah Davie hits from the twelfth tee box at Eagle Bend Country Club in Lawrence. Junior Hannah Davie placed 39th out of 132 golfers. "Overall, the team did great. We had a couple of personal bests and our team score was one of our lowest all season." said Davie. "Personally, there are many things I would like to improve on, but I am happy with how I finished."

  • At the fifth hole, freshman Libby Green uses her putter to chip the ball towards the hole.

  • Teeing off, sophomore Caroline Lawson drives the ball down the fairway.

  • Using her driver, sophomore Ava Van Inwegen tees off on the eighth hole.

  • On the fairway, sophomore Megan Haymaker follows through with her swing.

  • On hole 11, sophomore Caroline Lawson chips the ball onto the green.

  • At the tee, senior Sarah Lawson drives the ball towards the hole.

  • Hitting the ball, senior Sarah Lawson uses her driver at the tee box.

  • On the fairway, senior Sarah Lawson strokes the ball onto the green.

  • At the eighth tee box, senior Sarah Lawson drives the ball down the green.

  • Following through with her swing, sophomore Ava Van Inwegen watches the ball fly towards the green.

  • On the green, junior Hannah Davie puts the ball towards the hole.

  • At the fourth tee, freshman Libby Green drives the ball down the fairway.

  • After putting, senior Sarah Lawson watches her ball on the green.

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Girls golf tied for 4th place with Washburn Rural High School, losing the tie breaker and claiming 5th place at the Lawrence High invitational on Wednesday, September 26. Senior Sarah Lawson shot a 75, placing 4th overall, while freshman Libby Green shot an 80, placing 9th.

All EKL teams, all Sunflower league teams, Manhattan High School, Spring Hill High School and Washburn Rural High School were invited, with the tournament hosting over 132 girls and 23 teams total. Sophomore Hannah Davie says the amount of participants increased competition.

“There was a lot more teams than normal so it made placing a little more competitive,” Davie said, “with over 130 girls it made the tournament a lot different.”

The low of 40 degrees and high of 65 degrees fahrenheit made for a difficult start to the first chilly tournament of the season, according to sophomore Ava van Inwegen.  

“Because it was colder, we had to wear layers and golfing in layers is harder,” van Inwegen said.  “The ground can be wet so it’s harder to hit out of everything.”

Despite the chill factor, Davie thought the tournament was overall a success.

“I think the team did great, our score was 336 and that’s great for our league,” Davie said. “We would’ve liked to place but I still think we did really well.”

With all the teams that the girls golf team competed against in one tournament, the results were not ideal for van Inwegen.

“I am happy about [the outcome] but I feel we could have done a lot better because we’ve beaten some of the schools [present] in the past” said van Inwegen. “It’s kind of disappointing when we aren’t competitive with them.”

The girls golf team will compete again at the Lawrence Free state invitational on Monday Oct. 1st at the Lawrence Country Club.

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