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Golfers finish league play with two in top 10

Thursday, September 27, 2012

CHICOPEE -- Fort Scott High School's golf team saw two players finish with All-Southeast Kansas League honors while three others earned Honorable Mention as league play wrapped up with the fourth and final SEK Designated Tournament at Crestwood Country Club here Tuesday.

Oddly, since other teams were invited to each league tournament, none of the four were won by an individual from an SEK school and league champion Chanute won only one of the four team titles -- the first one at the Fort Scott Tournament on Sept. 4.

Girard's Timbrelee McNair finished on top at Pittsburg with a 37 on the front nine and a 35 on the back for a total of 72. She won three of the four SEK tournaments, while Anderson County's Bailey Rockers won the Fort Scott tourney.

Freshman Anna Pool of Coffeyville, her school's only golfer, finished second at Pittsburg with a 40-36--76 and was the only other golfer to shoot either nine under 40. That performance gave Pool the league title with a four-tournament total score of 209. She began the day seven strokes ahead of second-place Danae Decker of Chanute. But Decker finished with a fourth-place 46-48--94 and finished as league runner-up, 35 strokes back at 234.

Pool finished second at Chanute, third at Parsons and sixth at Fort Scott. She was the SEK's best golfer in the field at the first two tourneys while Labette County's Erica Gartner was the top SEK golfer at Fort Scott, finishing second overall that day.

Tiffani Ward of Caney Valley, another non-league school, finished third in the tournament at 52-40--92.

Though Fort Scott's Karley Stark finished 11th in the tournament at 50-52--102, missing a medal by one stroke, that was enough to boost her four places in league standings into fifth place with a final tally of 273. The top four going into the tournament remained the same afterward with Pool, Decker, Chanute's Abbe Funk (242) and Labette County's Erica Gartner (248).

The top 10 finishers in the four league tournaments were given All-Southeast Kansas League status. The next 10 received Honorable Mention recognition. As it turned out, exactly 20 golfers played all four tournaments.

The Tigers finished fifth as a team in the tournament. Girard won it at 384 followed by Caney Valley at 395, Chanute 429, Labette County 449 and Fort Scott at 450.

Morgan Robertson sot 54-57--111 for the Tigers while Maggie McDonald came in at 59-59--118, Laine Parks at 57-62--119, Natalie Wolf at 66-59--125, and Hayden Shelden at 61-65--126.

Robertson's score pushed her up one spot in the final standings into seventh place with her total of 279. Parks went up two spots to finish 12th at 305. Shelden finished 13th at 311 and Wolf moved up three places to 14th with a 321.

The biggest change in the standings came when Chanute's Nikki Clark, fifth in league standings going into the tournament, was unable to play. That dropped her completely out of the standings with Pittsburg's Jill Otter moving into the final Honorable Mention spot as a result.

McDonald wasn't eligible for league honors because she didn't play in the Chanute Tournament.

Chanute remains the only school to have won the league championship since girls golf regained its status as a league sport in 2009. The Blue Comets finished with a four-tournament total of 1040. Labette County, fielding a team for the first time, finished 95 strokes back in second place at 1135. Fort Scott was third at 1148, Parsons fourth at 1213 and Pittsburg fifth at 1378.

No league title or honors were awarded last season because Pittsburg was unable to field a team, which brought the number of schools playing the sport at the time down to four. Last year, when the SEK had nine schools, five were required for a sport to be given league status. Now, since Columbus and Iola have left the league, it takes four out of seven schools fielding a team to give it league status.

Pittsburg was the only 18-hole tournament in the schedule.

Fort Scott's team will play in an 18-hole tournament Monday at Anderson County to conclude regular-season play. Class 4A Regionals will be held at Girard Oct. 8.


1. Girard (GI) 384 (McNair 72, Heatherly 98, Johnson 105, Horton 109), 2. Caney Valley (CV) 395 (Ward 92, Wyant 97, Gardner 100, Hefley 106), 3. Chanute (CH) 429 (Decker 94, Fink 101, Hartman 107, Pallet 127),

4. Labette County (LC) 449 (Gartner 99, Callahan 106, White 113, Riley 131), 5. Fort Scott 450 (Stark 102, Robertson 111, McDonald 118, Parks 119), 6. Parsons 469 (Carpenter 105, Shields 113, Hudson 124, Haynes 127),

7. Pittsburg 517 (Henry 122, Biggs 124, Deal 125, Otter 146), 8. Columbus 548 (Conner 119, Clark 132, Roth 147, Carriger 150).

Incomplete teams: Coffeyville (CF), Seneca, Mo. (S).


1. Timbrelee McNair, GI, 37-35--72; 2. Anna Pool, CF, 40-36--76; 3. Tiffani Ward, CV, 52-40--92; 4. Danae Decker, CH, 46-48--94; 5. Kelsey Wyant, CV, 48-49--97;

6. Carly Heatherly, GI, 46-53--99; 7. Erica Gartner, LC, 46-53--99; 8. Elyssa Esposito, S, 51-49--100; 9. Cortney Gardner, CV, 51-49--100; 10. Abbe Funk, CH, 48-53--101.


After four tournaments

Team FS-CHA-PAR-PIT--Score
1. Chanute203-211-197-429--1040
2. Labette County212-231-243-449--1135
3. Fort Scott 234-245-219-450--1148
4. Parsons255-240-249-469--1213
5. Pittsburg290-292-279-517--1378


Team FS-CHA-PAR-PIT--Score
1. Anna Pool, Coffeyville 49-41-43-76--209
2. Danae Decker, Chanute47-49-44-94--234
3. Abbe Funk, Chanute47-49-45-101--242
4. Erica Gartner, Labette County45-53-51-99--248
5. Karley Stark, Fort Scott61-57-53-102--273
6. Renae White, Labette County49-56-57-113--275
7. Morgan Robertson, FS56-57-55-111--279
8. Allison Hudson, Parsons54-53-52-124--283
9. Jordan Hartman, Chanute61-61-58-107--286
10. Abbie Callahan, LCHS64-57-60-106--287


Team FS-CHA-PAR-PIT--Score
11. Marina Shields, Parsons61-61-58-113--294
12. Laine Parks, Fort Scott69-66-51-119--305
13. Hayden Shelden, FS60-65-60-126--311
14. Natalie Wolf, Fort Scott64-70-62-125--321
15. Britney Palet, Chanute65-64-67-127--323
16. Shania Riley, Labette County54-65-75-131--325
17. Violet Biggs, Pittsburg71-65-66-124--326
18. Neely Henry, Pittsburg71-70-69-122--332
19. Annie Deal, Pittsburg68-76-66-125--335
20. Jill Otter, Pittsburg80-81-78-146--385

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