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Examiner
  • Jaguars 'perfect' in own tourney

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  • “Perfect.”
    That was the word Madison Frerking used to describe the Blue Springs South golf team’s victory in its own Lady Jaguar Invitational at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club Monday afternoon.
    “Two of my first goals were winning our own tournament and being the medal winner,” said Frerking, who fired a 6-over 78. “We accomplished the team goal, the weather was amazing and I medaled. I’d call it a perfect tournament.”
    With Frerking leading the charge, the Jaguars topped Columbia Rock Bridge 341-362 to claim the team title. Joining Frerking as medal winners were teammates Jordan Rehkow and Tara Thorp, who each shot an 83.
    Her only area of concern was the back nine, where she shot 5-over.
    “I was 1-over on the front nine and felt so good, but shot 5-over on the back nine,” Frerking said. “But that’s all right, we still won the tournament and that makes it a great afternoon.”
    First-year Jaguars head coach Ted Linke made a few changes to the Lady Jag Invitational this year.
    “We switched things up a little bit this year,” said Linke, the longtime assistant to Mike McGown, who retired following last season. “We had two individuals, a best ball and scramble. I think the girls liked the format. It was different and fun.”
    Thorp and Brooke Howe won the best ball with a score of 76. Hadley Wells and Alex Eblen shot a 104 in the scramble.
    “This was just a good, overall day,” Linke said. “Our three horses did what we expected them to do and the other girls played well, too. When Maddie, Jordan and Tara play like they play, you know you’re going to be in the hunt for a team championship.
    “The weather couldn’t have been any better, and we even had a hole-in-one today – and that makes any tournament special.”
    Lee’s Summit West’s Madi Smythia, who teamed with Courtney Rosencrants to shoot a 94 in the best ball, claimed her first hole-in-one on the par-3, 147-yard No. 16 hole.
    “That’s my first hole-in-one ever,” Smythia said. “When I hit it, I didn’t even think it would be a hole-in-one. Then, it went in the cup. It was pretty amazing.”
    Truman High School’s inexperienced team shot a 461. Emma McClellan shot a 112 followed by Emily Yates’ 123. Rykelle Seger and Megan White shot a 102 in best ball and Francesca Ferrara and Samantha Emory shot 124 in the scramble.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’re young as far as experience goes,” Truman coach Becky Costello said. “We’re learning day by day. This is just our second tournament, and they’re finding out that playing in a tournament is a lot different than playing practice rounds.”
    Lee’s Summit North finished with a team total of 415 with Lindsey Graham shooting a 92, Jenna Coon 98 and Amy Hunt shooting 113. Brianna Combs and Sydney Shatzer shot a 112 in best ball. The Broncos did not field a scramble team.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
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