The Smith-Cotton girls golf team took second place in the West Central Conference gollf meet Thursday at the Sedalia Country Club.
Warrensburg won the WCC title with a team score of 311. Smith-Cotton shot a 392. Nevada was third with a 421 and O’Hara shot a 472 to take fourth.
“We had a pretty good day,” said Smith-Cotton coach Chris Guffey. “We had four girls that shot a personal best so that’s always a good day anytime you can do that. Our No. 1 and No. 2 players played really well.”
Warrensburg took the top three spots individually with Taylor Black winning medalist honors. She shot a 3-under-par 67, carding a 34 on the front nine and a 33 on the back. Teammates Hanna Johnson and Maggie Kohl tied for second. Each shot a 76.
Smith-Cotton’s top golfer on the day was Annie Guier with an 89. She earned All-Conference honors with a 44 on the front-nine and a 45 on the back. After hitting an even-par 3 on the seventh and even-par 4 on the eighth, she double-bogied the next three holes and bogied the 12th before turning things around with an even-par 4 on the 13th.
“She had a span of four bad holes that cost her her round,” Guffey said. “She could have had an 81 really easy but she had four successive holes where she struggled with her putter, but got it back together and saved her round because it could have gotten a lot worse if she let it, but she didn’t.”
Peyton Sharp shot a 93 to earn All-Conference honors, struggling with a 54 on the front-nine before turning things around and shooting a 39 on the back. Her back-nine started with an even par 3 on the 10th. She then birdied the 14th and shot even par over the last three holes.
“She caught a couple of bad breaks on the front-nine,” Guffey said. “She was out of bounds by a foot on No. 8 off the tee after she hit a good drive, she hit a sprinkler head or something and the ball went long. … The back-nine, she just didn’t catch any of those bad breaks, she putted really well and she just played a lot better round all together on the back-nine.”
Brooklyn Boeschen shot a personal-best 105 including a 48 on the back-nine, the first time she has broken 50 for nine holes. Reagan Braverman shot a 105. Taylor Fisher shot a 110. Allison Prenger shot a 115 and Kelsey Sharp shot a 123.
Smith-Cotton will play in the district tournament Monday at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course in Kansas City.
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