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Parks, Fort Scott second at Columbus

Saturday, September 29, 2012

COLUMBUS, Kan. -- Laine Parks shot a personal-best 47 at the Columbus Invitational here Thursday to lead Fort Scott High School's golfers to a second-place finish.

Parks finished five strokes back of Southeast Kansas League champion Anna Pool of Coffeyville. Erica Gartner of Labette County won a scorecard playoff over Chanute's Danae Decker for third place at 49.

"Everything came together on the same day for (Parks) and she played really well," Fort Scott head coach Karen Curran said. "So glad that she got a taste of what that feels like and now that she knows she can play that well. She was all smiles after the tournament and she'll be chasing that feeling every time she plays."

The Tigers earned two more medals as Morgan Robertson won a scorecard playoff with Pittsburg's Neely Henry for eighth place after they tied at 56 and Natalie Wolf earned her first medal of the season with a 10th-place 57.

"Morgan shot her average score, but isn't satisfied with that, and that's a good thing," Curran said. "She'll continue to work on her game to score better in the upcoming weeks. "

The fourth score for the Tigers' team total of 223, a season-best score, came from Karley Stark's 63. That score ended up in a four-way tie for 15th. Stark had been shooting in the 50's in every tournament since the season opener at Fort Scott.

"Karley was out of sync from the start and eventually worked through some swing issues to finish with a respectable score," Curran said. "No doubt that she's going to bounce back and prove herself on Monday at Anderson County."

Ingrid Diaz shot 64 for the Tigers in her second varsity appearance of the season. Maggie McDonald finished with a 67.

Chanute, the SEK team champion, won the tournament with a score of 215. Labette County was third at 229 followed by Columbus at 260, Pittsburg at 271, the Girard junior varsity also at 271 and Galena at 278. Pittsburg and the Girard JV each only brought four golfers with the tie broken because Pittsburg's fourth golfer had a better score than Girard's.

The All-SE-KAN golf team was also announced after the tournament. All-SE-KAN was started several years ago when most girls' golf teams didn't have league honors available. Although the SEK now has league play, many of the other leagues area teams are members of, such as the CNC, Three Rivers, and Tri-Valley, still don't.

Girard's Timbrelee McNair finished as the top golfer in SE-KAN with an 18-hole average of 75.3 strokes. Pool was second at 80.5 and Tiffani Ward of Caney Valley was third at 91.8.

Stark finished 17th t 108.8, Robertson 23rd at 114.0, Wolf 29th at 121.5, Parks 30th at 123.5, and Hayden Shelden 37th at 103.5.

Uniontown golfers on the list are Torrie Hathway, 18th with an average of 118.8, Jordan Mason, 33rd at 126.5, and Anna Oberle, 35th at 126.8.

Both Fort Scott and Uniontown conclude regular-season play Monday at Anderson County. The 18-hole affair begins at 1 p.m. in Garnett, Kan.

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