Scoring was at a premium on a windswept Wednesday afternoon at MacDonald Park with the City League girls golf title on the line.
With birdies and even pars becoming a rarity, it became a contest of managing composure and limiting scores worse than bogey.
Tradition won out, as Kapaun Mount Carmel won its 13th consecutive team title and Katie Wells defended her individual medalist honors with a score of 86 — 10 strokes higher than last season.
Wednesday “was about survival,” Kapaun coach Dan Phillips said, “and we did a good job of surviving.”
Wells made the turn as the only one playing better than bogey golf, scoring a 42 on the front nine. Her 86 was two strokes better than teammate Hannah Perkins.
Only 11 players broke 100.
“The trees were a problem for a lot of people and the wind was also kind of confusing,” Wells said. “Everyone had bad holes. I would have liked to be around 76, so I thought I got kind of lucky this time. It’s awesome to win again, though.”
Bishop Carroll typically is the main challenger to Kapaun’s throne, but couldn’t produce enough scores closer to 90 than 100 and fell short of the Crusaders by 14 strokes.
A surprise for the Eagles was the fourth-place finish of Shelbie Stuckey, who began the season on junior varsity. After resurrecting her swing midway through the season, Stuckey peaked on Wednesday with her best score of 95.
“I think the difference was all the support from everybody,” Stuckey said. “The upperclassmen really boosted me up and helped me do better.”
North’s Samantha Taylor capped a successful season with a 96 to finish in fifth place and locked up a spot on the first team on All-City.
“I’m definitely pleased with how I ended up,” Taylor said. “I don’t feel like I played as well as my score because that was the best I’ve shot all season. I didn’t expect to be fifth, at all. It’s a huge step up from where I was last year and it’s a big confidence-booster.”