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The Carthage Press
  • Pence finishes second at COC tournament

  • Emily Pence tied for first with an 83 before Republic's Baylee Rayl won a sudden death playoff Monday morning in the Central Ozarks Conference girls golf tournament at the Carthage Golf Course.
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  • Emily Pence tied for first with an 83 before Republic's Baylee Rayl won a sudden death playoff Monday morning in the Central Ozarks Conference girls golf tournament at the Carthage Golf Course.
    Pence, who finished second overall, led the Tigers to a first-place score in the team standings as Carthage finished at 370, topping Republic by 23 strokes.
    Ozark finished third at 404, Branson followed at 412, and Nixa (428) and Willard (476) rounded out the field.
    Abbey Catron's 94 earned her sixth place, Kelsey Frost shot a 96 to finish seventh, Lindsay Borland's 99 was good for eighth and Courtney Catron finished at 102 for the Tigers.
    Republic's Allison Quigley finished third overall at 88, Branson's Sara Ruiz took fourth with a score of 91, and Ozark's Ally Wingert earned fifth after shooting 92.
    "Emily's round was really good," head coach Lowell Catron said. "She only had two double bogeys and I tell the girls all the time that bogeys never hurt you, it's the doubles and higher. Emily just had a really good round today. She shot 40 on the back side which is really good. That's two strong tournaments in a row for her."
    The win was the second tournament victory for the Tigers this season to go along with a pair of second-place finishes.
    "Last week they picked up Abbey and did good," Catron said. "This week they picked up Courtney. Everybody's got a bad day every once in awhile and it's nice to have a bad day and the rest of the girls pick them up and they're still able to win."
    Catron said the team shot really well on the front 9 holes Monday, shooting two 43's, a 45 and a 46.
    "The back 9 wasn't really good, which gives us something to work on in the next two weeks before the district tournament," he said.
    The Tigers will compete today in the Carl Junction Invitational at Briarbrook after the tournament was rained out on Friday. Carthage will host Carl Junction in a match on Thursday.

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