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The Carthage Press
  • Catron ties for 57th, Frost ties for 63rd at state

  • Abbey Catron shot a 92 and Kelsey Frost shot a 94 Tuesday during the second and final round of the Class 2 state golf tournament in New Bloomfield, putting Catron in a tie for 57th place with a total score of 187, and Frost in a tie for 63rd with a total score of 190.
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  • Abbey Catron shot a 92 and Kelsey Frost shot a 94 Tuesday during the second and final round of the Class 2 state golf tournament in New Bloomfield, putting Catron in a tie for 57th place with a total score of 187, and Frost in a tie for 63rd with a total score of 190.
    “They both were a little bit better today but they still had too many holes more than bogey,” Carthage head coach Lowell Catron said. “Kelsey had a stretch from seven through 11 where she was 11 over par, and Abbey had a stretch from 12 through 17 where she was 11 over par. Other than those holes I was really pleased with how they played. I know they were kind of disappointed how they played both days, but I walk away pretty optimistic because about three-fourths of the time they played good golf. It was just that 25 percent that hurt them.”
    Catron was three shots better than Monday, and finished in a tie with Madison Ferguson of Ft. Zumwalt North, Allison Rieske of Eureka and Timia Walton of Parkway West. Frost improved by two strokes on Tuesday, and finished tied with Rachel Hoffman of Belton, Lucy Laughlin of Nerinx Hall and Madi Smythia of Lee’s Summit West.
    “I felt like they both hit the ball good enough to shoot in the mid-80’s, which would have been really good and probably in the top 20,” Catron said. “I feel that’s what their talent level is. They’ve just got to eliminate those bad holes and they know that. The state golf course is a little longer than what we’re used to playing so you can’t afford to have three putts and things like that that cost you strokes.”
    Glendale’s Sun Young Jung won the individual championship, shooting 76 on Monday and 74 on Tuesday to win by two strokes over Warrensburg’s Taylor BeDell. Joplin’s Samantha Stout took 11th after shooting 81-82-163. Joplin’s Lynsey Fichtner shot 93 on Tuesday, a 10-stroke improvement, and finished tied for 75th.
    Warrensburg won the team title by 23 strokes, shooting 324 on Tuesday to finish at 682.
    “Some of the best in the state are people we play all year long,” Catron said. “That’s really good because we get to see the best in the state and how we measure up to them. Most of them will be back. Samantha Stout is a junior, Sun Young Jung is a junior and we’ll see both of them a lot. The girl from Warrensburg shot 71 today and won our district tournament with a 69 and she’s just a freshman.
    “Our girls’ confidence level rose this year, and I think it will continue to raise,” he said. “It’s good to get some girls with state experience, and with state next year being at Joplin at Twin Hills, it would sure be nice to get as many as we can to state. It would be great to get the team to state next year.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Tigers will be a senior-laden squad in 2014. Their top five this season were all juniors. Catron said he’ll meet with each one to talk about goals and what they need to do to accomplish them.
    “It’s just a matter of how much work we put in, how good they want to get,” he said. “If each girl knocked off five strokes off their average, which I think is really easy to do with some hard work, that’ll put them right there. We’ll start our offseason conditioning in a couple of weeks.”
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