CHENEY — It's difficult to decipher what Cheney golfer Jacie Scheer is thinking on the course.
Whether she makes a long birdie putt or misses a close par putt, her reaction stays the same — there is none.
But after she tapped in for bogey on the 18th hole to win medalist honors at Monday's Class 4A state tournament, Scheer let loose a little bit, smiling and hugging anybody in sight.
Shooting a 4-over 76, Scheer became the first Cheney girls golf champion, winning by three strokes over Topeka Hayden's Brooke LaRue at Cherry Oaks, Scheer's home golf course.
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"During my sophomore year at state, I let my nerves get to me," Scheer said. "Even though I was really nervous yesterday, I didn't let my nerves get to me today.
"It means a lot to have everybody here and to celebrate in my hometown."
Andale won the team title for its first girls golf championship. The Indians shot 366 to hold off Jefferson West by two strokes.
"We played well this year and we knew if we played well again, we would have a chance," Andale coach Irv Schuller said. "We had four good scores and that's what it takes."
Scheer was forced to be resilient throughout her round, and she responded to her mistakes with birdies.
On the par-4 8th hole, Scheer hit her drive near the hazard and had an awkward stance for her second shot. Not getting solid contact, the ball went straight right off the club and hit her bag for a stroke penalty.
Scheer made triple bogey on the hole and went from one under to two over.
But on the next hole, a short par 5, Scheer made a 12-foot putt for birdie.
Using the local knowledge to her advantage, Scheer went after nearly every pin. She hit 13 greens and made four birdies.
"I've played this course so many times since I was little," Scheer said. "That certainly helped out a lot."
On the back nine, Scheer made back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14, which included her drive on 13 skipping out of the water. She posted a birdie on No. 16 to add to her lead.
"I thought my ball for sure went in on 13, but the guys behind us kept saying they saw it skip out," Scheer said. "Right when I hit it, I knew it was in trouble and kept telling the ball to giddy up. I guess it was destiny."
Much like Scheer, the Indians benefited from playing on their home course. They were paced by Dani Eck's 86 and Tayler Hawkins' 87.
The key score however, came from their fifth player Ariel Williams, who shot a 91.
"We played really well on the front nine and I thought we had a chance," Schuller said. "It was tight but we had girls step up."