An element of golf that sets it apart from most other sports played a huge role in the outcome of the City League girls tournament Tuesday at Sim Park.
Bishop Carroll earned a share of the league championship with a four-player score of 350. Kapaun Mount Carmel finished second in the tournament with a 367, but secured a portion of its 14th consecutive league title by winning three of four nine-hole, regular-season events involving City League teams.
Kapaun positioned itself to win the outright title, but freshman Emma Whitaker and senior Kali Babich were disqualified for signing incorrect scorecards after their rounds. It was particularly painful for Whitaker, who parred the final 13 holes in windy conditions to shoot a 5-over 76.
Whitaker’s score would have given her tournament medalist honors. Instead, her junior teammate, Hannah Johnston, took first individually with an 81.
“It was unfortunate how things ended up, but I definitely think it’s a good lesson that we learned,” said Johnston, who rolled in a 20-foot par putt on No. 18 to complete her round. “We’ll move forward from it.”
After a round, a golfer is responsible for verifying hole-by-hole scores on an official scorecard that is submitted by each playing group. Whitaker and Babich signed off on incorrect scores on the fourth hole.
The miscues left Kapaun counting Johnston’s 81, individual runner-up Hannah Perkins’ 83, a 97 from junior Katie Miller and freshman Erin Johnston’s 106 toward its team score.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Kapaun coach Corey Novascone said. “I told them, ‘Better here than at regional or state.’ That’s a lesson they’ll never forget – to double-, triple- and quadruple-check their cards.”
Junior Spencer Slane and sophomore Abby Sauber shot 85s to lead Carroll. Junior Alex Lashley added an 89 and sophomore Shelbie Stuckey shot 91 to complete the Eagles’ team score.
“We’re thrilled to win and to get a share of the title, but it’s not the way we want to do it,” Carroll coach Mark Berger said. “In a way, I don’t feel like celebrating because I don’t feel like we really won.
“They were honest mistakes that were made, and things were done right in determining that. We keep getting a little bit better each day, and hopefully the best is yet to come.”
Carroll and Kapaun will compete in the Class 5A regional on Monday at Arkansas City. While most of Novascone’s post-tournament focus was on scorekeeping, he was pleased for Johnston, who posted a season-low round.
“It’s going to go down in the record book that she won,” Novascone said. “So congratulations to her. It’s probably the best she’s played all year.”
At Sim Park (par 71)
Team scores – 1. Bishop Carroll 350, 2. Kapaun Mount Carmel 367, 3. Northwest 385, 4. Heights 434, 5. North 453, 6. East 476, 7. Southeast 490.
Individual medalists – 1. H. Johnston, Kapaun, 81; 2. Perkins, Kapaun, 83; T3. Slane, Carroll, 85; T3. Sauber, Carroll, 85; 5. Clark, Northwest, 88; 6. Lashley, Carroll, 89; 7. Stuckey, Carroll, 91; 8. Scharping, Carroll, 95; T9. Miller, Kapaun, 97; T9. Lawrence, Heights, 97; T9. Taylor, Northwest, 97; T12. Aaby, Northwest, 100; T12. Crigler, Northwest 100.
First team—Hannah Perkins, Kapaun; Spencer Slane, Carroll; Hannah Johnston, Kapaun; Alex Lashley, Carroll; Lexi Clark, Northwest; Emma Whitaker, Kapaun. Second team—Abby Sauber, Carroll; Shelbie Stuckey, Carroll; Katie Miller, Kapaun; Megan Scharping, Carroll; Amber Davis, Northwest; Ashton Taylor, Northwest. Honorable mention—Kali Babich, Kapaun; Molly Demel, Carroll; Kaela Schneider, Northwest; Natasha Lawrence, Heights; Sidney Potter, Carroll; Erin Johnston, Kapaun; Jessica Aaby, Northwest; Alexis Simmons, East; Sarah Crigler, Northwest; Morgan Taylor, Northwest; Lauren Thomas, Northwest; Karsyn Konecny, East; Becca Davison, North; Rylee Newman, Heights.