Area golfers qualify for state tournament

Lawrence High’s Beatrice Lopez follows through on a putt while Free State’s Kate Lawrence looks on during the Jaguar Invitational on Wednesday at Shawnee Golf & Country Club. Lopez carded a round of 95 to lead the Lions.

Despite unfavorable conditions, a number of area golfers were able to do enough to qualify for their respective state tournament Monday.

Free State’s girls golf team placed third at its 6A regional meet at Tex Consolver Golf Course in Wichita, which was good enough to qualify the whole team for the 6A state tournament. The event was called after nine holes due to weather, but the Firebirds finished with a score of 222.

Sophomore Claire Covert posted Free State’s best score, shooting a 49 to take 10th place. Junior Kennedy Birk carded a 55, while junior Kari Rainbolt shot a 58. Juniors Tyler Bane (60), Katheryn Lawrence (62) and Hannah Vaughn (64) all finished with strong scores for FSHS.

Lawrence, meanwhile, placed fourth in the event with a final mark of 240. Senior Beatrice Lopez placed 12th with a 51 for the Lions. It marks the third time that Lopez has made it to the state tournament in her career. Freshman Rylie Hayden (61) and junior Josie Abernathy (63) also played well enough to qualify for the state tournament.

The 6A state tournament is slated to start at 9 a.m. Monday at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

In addition, Savannah Adams, of Tonganoxie, became the first golfer in school history to qualify for the state tournament. Adams shot a 106 to place 15th at the 4A regional meet at the Holton Country Club.


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