OVERLAND PARK — Katie Wells was just along for the ride.
Wells, a freshman for Kapaun Mount Carmel, was the sixth golfer listed for the Crusaders at Monday's state golf tournament. And while her score of 106 didn't factor into her school's team score, it was the deciding factor in Kapaun defeating Bishop Carroll for second place in Class 5A at Brookridge Country Club in Overland Park.
Carroll and Kapaun finished with a team score of 399. The scores of the top four golfers factor into the team score, with the tie-breaker belonging to the fifth-highest score. Wells edged out Carroll's Natalie Hubbell 106-116.
This is the second consecutive year that Kapaun and Carroll finished second and third behind St. Thomas Aquinas.
"I'm just privileged to be on the varsity team and compete in the state tournament as a freshman," Wells said. "I didn't think my score would really matter unless it was a tie and luckily it was good enough to make a difference."
Aquinas won the state title with a score of 330. Aquinas senior Gianna Misenhelter won her third straight individual title by shooting a 75.
"We would have had to play the rounds of our dreams to play with St. Thomas," Kapaun coach Dan Phillips said. "We came in focused on just playing our best and the girls really did a good job."
No individual golfer finished in the top ten for the Crusaders. Courtney Wells led Kapaun, shooting a 95, and the Crusaders averaged just over 99 as a team.
"We've never really had to rely on just one person," Phillips said. "Everyone's always chipped in and that's how it played out today."
Courtney Wells added: "We all have the ability to be the best on the team. We weren't really worried about being individuals. We just wanted to take home some hardware."
Madison Murphy led Carroll with a score of 87, finishing sixth individually. Murphy struggled on the front nine with a 47, but pulled it together after the turn.
"It just wasn't clicking early and I had to do better," said Murphy, a junior. "It came down to putts and I made a couple and got into a good rhythm."
Carroll's Jacqueline Kelly shot a 96, tying for 14th individually.
Lakin Ubert (102) and Emily Ozbun (114) rounded out the top-four scores for the Eagles.
"I'm pleased that we broke 400," Carroll coach Mark Berger said. "Our top three girls played well, we just couldn't get that fourth score where we would have liked it to be."
Hannah Mason of Andover Central was the only local player to finish in the top five. Mason shot an 86 and finished third after a playoff against Bishop Miege's Bailey Hopper and Kattie Callahan.
"It's a difficult course, but you can't let it get to you," Mason said. "I struggled a little, but then I got a couple of pars and a birdie."
Newton's Brittnie Dillon placed in the top ten, finishing eighth with an 88 after losing to Aquinas' Issabella Baldacci in a playoff.
"I have never been in a playoff before, so I was nervous and didn't do well," Dillon said. "I'm good though, I've only been playing on the golf team for three years so I'm really happy."
Class 4A — Brooke LaRue shot a 75 to lead Topeka Hayden to the state title at the Highlands course in Hutchinson.
Jacie Scheer shot a 93 to help Cheney finish third.
Dani Eck of Andale also shot a 93.
Class 6A — Erin Terry shot a 78 to lead Blue Valley North to the title at the Dodge City Country Club.