Blue Springs junior golfer Mariah Peters can celebrate another all-state honor.
Peters claimed all all-state honors for the third straight year as the Wildcats finished sixth as a team in the Class 2 Missouri State Girls Golf Championships Tuesday at the par-72 Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, Mo.
Blue Springs, which took fourth last year, totaled 363 Tuesday to go with a first-round 370 to finish at 733, 20 strokes behind fourth-place finishers Parkway West and Kirkwood (713 each). Warrensburg claimed the team title by firing a 682 (358-324) to top first-round leader St. Joseph’s Academy of St. Louis (705).
“I think we had a great experience at state this year,” Blue Springs coach Jill Courter said. “We were able to take another outstanding freshman and a senior who had never competed at that level. That will be advantageous in the future for Mady Acers, our freshman. The greens were tough and extremely challenging as they were running really fast and nothing was holding.
“We all agree that we didn't play as well as we would have liked, but I'm still really proud of the girls for even making it there and competing as a team. We are already excited for next year and have big plans of taking our team again to state then.”
Peters, who finished second individually last year, fired a second straight 79 to finish eighth at 158, eight strokes off the pace set by medalist Sun Young Jung of Springfield Glendale, who shot 74 to finish at 150.
“What an outstanding accomplishment,” Courter said of Peters. “The competition was incredible from those top eight to 10 girls. On an given day, any one of those girls could win that tournament – it's just which one of them is hot at the time or which one might have some luck go their way. Mariah is an outstanding golfer and, obviously, is state champion quality. I think anyone you ask who has seen her play would say that. I'm so proud of her for how she handled herself mentally even before the tournament even started. I'm proud of all of our girls on our entire team.”
Blue Springs South’s Madison Frerking again narrowly missed an all-state honor for a second straight year. The senior, who tied for 23rd last year, shot 81 Tuesday to finish at 168, tied for 18th place. The top 15 finishers and ties earn all-state honors.
South’s Jordan Rehkow, who was tied for 13th at 82 entering the final round, shot 90 Tuesday and tied for 25th. South’s Tara Thorp finished 72nd at 193 (98-95).
Blue Springs’ Jailyn Marshall also shot 90 Tuesday to tie for 35th at 176. Mady Acers tied for 53rd at 186 (95-91), while Hannah Reynolds (110-103–213) and Kalli Wood (111-106–217) completed the Wildcats’ scoring.
Lee’s Summit North’s Lindsay Graham was 78th at 198 (100-98). Lee’s Summit West, led by Madison Fender’s 24th-place finish at 171 (89-82), finished seventh as a team at 749 (385-364).