Free State High sophomore Lauren Phlegar overcame a quadruple-bogey 8 and placed ninth with an 84 round at the Class 6-5A girls state golf tournament at Emporia Municipal Golf Course on Monday.
``After the 18th hole, she thought she had done herself in,'' Firebird coach Jack Schreiner said. ``Obviously we're real pleased. Our goal was to finish in the top 10.''
No. 18 was actually Phlegar's 13th hole. Phlegar began her round on the sixth hole at the 85-player tournament.
A chip-in from 10 yards out on the par-5, No. 4 hole for eagle highlighted her round.
``She didn't realize it was a par 5, she looked at me and I nodded my head yes,'' Schreiner said.
Phlegar, Free State's first state qualifer in girls golf and the city's first qualifier since 1995, finished with a 40 round on the front nine and 44 on the back nine.
Phlegar tied Manhattan's Hana Pak and Topeka Washburn Rural's Sarah Payne for seventh but lost in the first playoff hole. She bogeyed and the other to advanced with pars.
``Ever since her 77 at the Lawrence meet ( on Sept. 15), she established herself as being one of the top players,'' Schreiner said. ``Every big meet you could medal in she medalled.''
Shawnee Mission Northwest Jayme Langford was the top medalist with a 75 round. Northwest won the team title with 337 strokes, 16 better than runner-up Manhattan.
- Results in Scoreboard