Topeka — Lauren Phlegar and Tess Lane finished 1-2 to help Free State High's girls golf team win its first tournament.
Free State High junior golfer Lauren Phlegar dodged double trouble on Monday.
Opening with a double-bogey after finding the bunker on Lake Shawnee's No. 1 hole, Phlegar recovered from the dismal start and shot a 4-over-par 40 to win the season-opening Shawnee Heights Invitational.
"It actually two me two shots to get out of the sand," Phlegar said. "It was a struggle at first and then I was able to get it together."
Following the first hole, Phlegar parred six of the next eight holes. She bogeyed the par-3 No. 4 and the par-4 No. 8.
"It's always a big relief to get the first tournament out of the way," said Phlegar, ninth at last year's Class 6-5A tournament.
Phlegar calmed her nerves by listening to her walkman between shots.
"When I get stressed out, I'll put the headset on," Phlegar said. "I may even sing a little."
Phlegar topped her round with a heaping plate of nachos and cheese in the clubhouse.
"I was just hungry," she said. "I didn't have lunch."
Free State senior Tess Lane placed second behind Phlegar. Lane shot a 45 and the 1-2 Free State finish helped the Firebirds win the six-team tournament with 198 strokes. It was Free State's first tournament title in the three-year history of the school's girls golf program.
"It's a good confidence builder," FSHS coach Steve Grant said. "All of them came over here nervous because it was the first tournament."
Ashley Johnson, a freshman at Southwest Junior High, shot a 56 for Free State. Junior Libby Towner also figured in the team score with a 57.
Topeka Washburn Rural, led by third-place finisher Jessica Anson, placed a distant second at 215 strokes.
Lawrence High placed fifth with 224 strokes. Junior Melissa Sigler led the Lion golfers with a 51 round.
Host Shawnee Heights finished last at 229.
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