Brown earns third State tourney berth
CHANUTE -- Kacie Brown qualified for her third consecutive trip to the Kansas Class 4A State Golf Tournament by placing fourth at the Chanute Class 4A Regional here Monday.
Brown, a senior, shot 50 on the front nine but came back with a 44 on the back to finish at 94. She has medaled in every tournament this season. She qualified from the third-place spot as a sophomore and finished 31st at State in Cheney, which is where this year's State tournament will be held.
Last season, Brown was third again at Regionals and went on to place 25th at State in Hutchinson.
"If she places in the top 20, then she will earn All-State status to go along with her many other accomplishments throughout her career," Fort Scott head coach Karen Curran said.
The Tigers finished fourth as a team but only the top three teams advance to State. Chanute was the winner with a 381 with Girard 30 strokes behind in second. Anderson County "came out of nowhere," according to Curran to finish third at 438.
Fort Scott finished fourth in six of the nine tournaments it entered this year.
"Any other tournament of the year, fourth isn't so bad," Curran said. "But for Regionals, fourth is the last place you want to be.
"We had a few players shoot well, a few not so well. But collectively, we needed to be 10 strokes better (Monday). And on any other given day, we are probably 25 strokes better than what we shot as a team at Chanute. It's just too bad that we had an off day on a very important day. I feel bad for this group of girls because they just missed out on an opportunity that doesn't come around often. Golf is the only activity that most of the girls participate in during the year, and there are five seniors, so they won't have another chance to qualify for state competition."
Devan Lloyd shot 60-50--117 for the Tigers while Riley Wunderly finished at 56-62--118 and Ashleigh Marquardt scored 60-58--118. Those accounted for the other three scores that counted toward the team total. Haley Kruse finished at 66-67--136 and Karley Stark shot 69-78--147.
Chanute's Taylor Gard, the Southeast Kansas League champion, won the Regional with a 40-37--77.