Chanute took the lead in the Southeast Kansas League girls' golf standings by shooting 203 as a team over nine holes at the Fort Scott Invitational at Woodland Hills Golf Course Tuesday evening.
Fort Scott's tournament is one of three designated as league tournaments. The best teams and individuals after those tournaments will be league champion. There were also several non-league teams present and the field of 58 girls from 13 schools made this the largest tournament Fort Scott has hosted since the girls' program was established.
Meanwhile, Fort Scott finished fourth as a team with a 234 while Uniontown was seventh at 250. Torrie Hathaway earned an eighth-place medal for the Eagles after she shot 53.
The Tigers didn't have any medalists but most of their golfers improved significantly from either last year's tournament here or from Uniontown's junior varsity tournament, which was held on this course last week.
Labette County finished second behind Chanute at 212. Anderson County, a non-league team came in third at 232 followed by the Tigers one stroke behind. That puts Fort Scott in third place in the SEK but left them out of a medalist position.
"We were 28 strokes better than we were last year at this tournament," Fort Scott head coach Karen Curran said. "We moved up from seventh to fourth and a couple of strokes out of the team medals. The girls were just devastated when they found out."
Labette County, fielding a team for the first time this season, is coached by Curran's step-daughter, Ashley. Curran's husband, Steve, brought his junior varsity team from Girard and also helped establish the program at Columbus in the 1980s.
"A couple of (Ashley's) girls played on the boys' program the last couple of years," Curran said. "So even though it's a new team, they're not beginning players."
Individually, Anderson County's Bailey Rockers was the winner at 45, winning a scorecard playoff against Erica Gartner of Labette County, who took the lead in the SEK individual race. Abbe Funk of Chanute took third, winning a scorecard playoff over teammate Danae Decker at 47.
Morgan Robertson was Fort Scott's top finisher at 56, which was 13th. Maggie McDonald tied for 14th at 57, 10 strokes better than she scored last week.
"I'd like to see (Robertson) get down in the low 50s real quick. She's capable," Curran said. "Ingrid Diaz was supposed to play today but she and her family didn't get back from vacation over the weekend so Maggie stepped up at the last minute and played. She didn't know she was going to play until about 11 o'clock."
Hayden Shelden shot 60 for the Tigers while senior Karley Stark struggled and finished at 61, rounding out the scores that counted toward the team total.
"(Stark) was off her game today,' Curran said. "I had high hopes for her last time playing in her home tournament. I was hoping she'd knock it out of the park. I know she's disappointed. I hate that for her."
Natalie Wolf shot 64, which was 14 strokes better than she shot in this tournament last season. Laine Parks finished at 69.
"If (Wolf) could be consistently 55-60, that would be great," Curran said. "Lane could easily take another 10 off that. I think she was a bit nervous today."
For Uniontown, Haven Bradbury shot 61, Anna Oberle recorded a 65 and Jordan Mason finished at 71.
The Tigers will be at Girard's 18-hole tournament on Thursday, which begins at 10 a.m. The next SEK tournament is Monday at Chanute -- which will also be Uniontown's next tourney.
NOTES -- The third SEK tournament will be at Parsons Sept. 17 and the coaches talked about adding the Pittsburg Invitational on Sept. 25 as a fourth tournament, which would make the number of tournaments the same as the boys' in the spring....
Along with the new team from Labette County, Coffeyville is also joining the league schools in girls' golf. The one individual Coffeyville brought, Anna Pool, finished fifth....
Among the league schools, only Fort Scott fielded a full six-woman team and all of them are in the top 20 in league standings. Robertson is 10th with McDonald 11th, Shelden 12th, Stark tied for 13th, Wolf tied for 16th and Parks 20th. All five of the girls Chanute brought are in the top 20 as are all four of Labette County's....
1. Chanute (CH) 203 (Funk 47, Decker 47, Clark 48, Hartman 61), 2. Labette County (LC) 212 (Gartner 47, White 49, Riley 54, Callahan 64), 3. Anderson County (AN) 232 (Rockers 45, Hermreck 59, Maley 60, McCullough 68),
4. Fort Scott 234 (Robertson 56, McDonald 57, Shelden 60, Stark 61), 5. Yates Center 240 (Buchanan 55, Wendland 59, Stuber 59, Collins 67), 6. Columbus 246 (Clark 59, Conner 59, Roth 62, Jarrett 66),
7. Uniontown (U) 250 (Hathaway 53, Bradbury 61, Oberle 65, Mason 71), 8. Girard JV 253 (Battitori 60, Harris 61, Johnson 64, Pyle 68), 9. Parsons (PA) 255 (Hudson 54, Carpenter 55, Shields 62, Jack 84),
10. Galena 278 (Riley 63, Gowens 65, Cox 75, Dubois 75), 11. Pittsburg 290 (Deal 68, Henry 71, Biggs 71, Otter 80).
Incomplete teams: Caney Valley JV, Coffeyville (CF).
1. Bailey Rockers, AC, 45; 2. Erica Gartner, LC 45; 3. Abbe Funk, CH, 47; 4. Danae Decker, CH, 47; 5. Nikki Clark, CH, 48;
6. Anna Pool, CF, 49; 7. Renae White, LC, 49; 8. Torrie Hathaway, U, 53; 9. Allison Hudson, PA, 54; 10. Shania Riley, LC, 54.
After one tournament
|2. Labette County||212|
|3. Fort Scott||234|
|1. Erica Gartner, LC||45|
|2. Abbe Funk, Chanute||47|
|tie. Danae Decker, Chanute||47|
|4. Nikki Clark, Chanute||48|
|5. Anna Pool, Coffeyville||49|
|tie. Reneae White, LC||49|
|7. Allison Hudson, Parsons||54|
|tie. Shania Riley, LC||54|
|9. Shelbi Carpenter, Parsons||55|
|10. Morgan Robertson, Fort Scott||56|
|11. Maggie McDonald, Fort Scott||57|
|12. Hayden Shelden, Fort Scott||60|
|13. Karley Stark, Fort Scott||61|
|tie. Jordan Hartman, Chanute||61|
|15. Marina Shields, Parsons||62|
|16. Natalie Wolf, Fort Scott||64|
|tie. Abbie Callahan, LC||64|
|18. Brittney Palet, Chanute||65|
|19. Annie Deal, Pittsburg||68|
|20. Laine Parks, Fort Scott||69|