High School Sports

Jags ready to enter discussion

Andover, Kapaun Mount Carmel and Bishop Carroll are often mentioned as some of the top girls golf teams in Class 5A. And for good reason, as each has had its fair share of success this season.

But another, somewhat less-heralded is ready to enter that discussion.

"I think our girls feel like they don't get enough respect," Andover Central coach Scott Kincaid said. "We definitely are flying under the radar."

The Jaguars will tee it up today at Braeburn Golf Course for its regional with a field that includes Kapaun, Carroll and Ark City after a season that saw Central win the Buhler Invitational, lose on the fifth scorecoard at Mulvane and finish second at two other tournaments.

For Central to continue its success, it needs Hannah Mason to continue her stellar play after consistently shooting around 80 this season.

"One of our goals this season was to qualify for the state tournament as team again," Mason said. "We know that Kapaun and Carroll have good girls golf teams but we just want to make it in the top three and go state."

To go along with Mason, the Jaguars have Annie Calvert, who shot her best round of the season at league with an 81.

"We have two very good golfers in Hannah and Annie," Kincaid said. "But we have four scores that have essentially carried us this season."

Mason thinks, slowly but surely, that the Jaguars are starting to establish themselves as a team that can be mentioned in the same breath as the other 5A powers from the area.

"Central has always been known for football or basketball, not girls golf," Mason said. "But we have improved a lot and we want to keep on making strides."