Saint Thomas Aquinas played on a higher level than its competition in Monday's Class 5A girls golf championship on Monday. Aquinas shot an astounding 303, a full 63 shots ahead of second-place Bishop Carroll at Willowbend Golf Club.
"I don't remember any team shooting that low before," Aquinas coach Ryan Best said. "A sub-300 would have just been sick, but 303 is pretty good too."
Ali Kruse, Isabella Baldacci and Jordan Chael shot 70, 72 and 74 on a day where few people could finish under par.
The battle for second place came down to a tie-breaker between Bishop Carroll and Hays. Carroll's Emily Ozbun was the fifth golfer on the team and her 101 was two strokes better than Hays' Holly Hattan.
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"It was pretty important to take second since we took third last year," Ozbun said. "I was shocked because I didn't think I was going to count. It was a relief. I was pretty excited, but it was a team effort."
Ozbun's teammate, Madison Murphy, led the Eagles by shooting an 80 and finishing fifth in the individual results, while Carroll's Lakin Ubert shot a 92 to finish in a tie for 18th with Andover Central's Annie Calvert.
"Our team did really good," Murphy said. "We could have done better in some of our scores, but our girls did the best that they could. It was just awesome that we could get second."
Murphy shot a 39 in the first round, but said she had some trouble on the back nine, where she had a double bogey that made a difference in the final standings.
"I was just shooting to break 80," Murphy said. "It didn't happy, but I'm still happy with it."
Valley Center's Karlee Canaday shot a 79 to take fourth. She also had trouble on the back nine, but found a way to stay below 80.
"I got into a lot of trouble on 15 but managed to scramble for a bogey," Canaday said. "On 16 I ended up double bogeying... I just played really well all day."
Led by Hannah Mason's 84, good for night place, Andover Central finished fourth with a score of 372. Kapaun Mount Carmel was fifth at 373.
Class 6A — The third time was the charm for Wichita Southeast senior Maggie Alefs, who was the only Wichita-area golfer to snag a medal during the Class 6A girls golf state tournament at Manhattan Country Club.
Making her third consecutive appearance at state, Alefs picked up her first medal after shooting 15-over par 87 and tying for 13th overall.
"It's exciting to finally get a medal at state," said Alefs, who finished 21st — one spot from the medals — as a junior. "My senior year, I went out with a bang."
The front nine was the difference for Alefs, who made the turn at 3-over par and then tried to hold on while struggling through a rough back nine.
"I played really well on the front," Alefs said. "I've never been able to look at my score and thought I might make par, but I was only 3-over (par) on the front. That was a really good feeling."
Blue Valley North won the team title and also boasted the medalist as Stephanie Curran shot a 77.