With the top two teams qualifying for the sectional round, the Carthage girls golf team earned a trip to Sedalia by 10 strokes Monday during the district golf tournament at the Carthage Golf Course.
Lee’s Summit West won the tournament with a team score of 361, while Carthage finished second at 376. Republic earned third at 386, Joplin finished at 387, Raymore Peculiar shot a 394, Warrensburg shot a 398, Smith Cotton shot a 416, Belton shot a 424, Carl Junction posted a 454 and Willard finished at 519.
After qualifying three individuals for sectionals a year ago in the program’s first season, the Tigers will send their entire team in year two.
“We wanted to win it but it’s like I told the girls, district and sectional both are just about surviving and moving on,” Carthage head coach Lowell Catron said. “The top two teams move on, so finishing second, even though it’s not first, you get to move on as a team so I’m real pleased. Last year having three going to sectionals was great, and this is just a step up. We go into it knowing there’s only going to be maybe five or six teams there at the most, and the top two teams will move on to state.”
Courtney Catron was the low scorer for Carthage on Monday, shooting an 85 that earned her fifth overall. Kelsey Frost’s 88 ranked eighth, and Abbey Catron’s 92 tied for ninth, giving those three all-district honors.
Lindsay Borland shot a 111 and Emily Pence finished at 116 to round out Carthage scoring.
Joplin’s Samantha Stout won individual honors with a 74 on the day. Lee’s Summit West’s Mason Fender shot an 81 to finish second, Raymore’s Sophia Sabaro earned third at 82, and Republic’s Baylee Rayl took fourth at 84.
“Courtney finishing fifth at 85 was good,” Catron said. “She kind of had a rough start. She had some early double bogeys in her round but kind of got it together and played really good. She had a really good round, though she struggled on 16 and had a quadruple bogey, so with all that going on her 85 was a pretty good score. I was real pleased with Kelsey’s 88 and having three girls finish in the top nine.”
Catron said the team has a business-like approach heading into the postseason.
“They’re excited, but just like always they were kind of disappointed they didn’t win first place,” he said. “That’s good from a coach’s standpoint because I want them to want to win. The idea of moving on to sectional as a team will set in and that’s good.”
Page 2 of 2 - The sectional tournament at Sedalia will tee off at 9 a.m. next Monday.