Golf is a team sport made up of individual results.
Sometimes, those individual results can add up to championships.
Just ask Blue Springs High School girls golf coach Jill Courter.
Her Wildcats edged reigning state champion Columbia Rock Bridge 355-357 to win the Lady Jag Invitational Tuesday at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club.
“That’s what I keep preaching to the girls about,” Courter said. “All the individual results can add up to something special. The girls did a great job today and I’m proud of them.”
While many teams brought junior varsity squads to the tournament, hosted by Blue Springs South, Courter brought her top lineup, while Rock Bridge brought four of its top five players.
Blue Springs’ Jordan Marshall fired an 82 to finish second, Lauren Muller shot 86 for fourth and Sierra Houston an 88 to win a scorecard playoff and finish sixth. Alyna Thibault (99) and Caroline Duvall (104) completed the Wildcats’ card.
“To be fair, not all teams had a full varsity lineup and a lot of them brought junior varsity players,” Courter explained, “but that shouldn’t take away from how well our girls played. Jordan is stepping up in her senior leadership role, and Lauren and Sierra have been consistent and are playing some of their best golf now.”
Marshall was more excited about her team’s performance than her second-place medal.
“I feel so good, so excited that we finished first as a team,” Marshall said. “Overall, I thought I did pretty well today. I didn’t blow up on any holes and had two par putts that were more than 10 feet.
“My putting has been pretty strong all season and it helped me a lot today.”
Following Blue Springs and Rock Bridge were Notre Dame de Sion (370), Liberty North (382), Lee’s Summit West (423), St. Teresa’s Academy (431), Lee’s Summit (438), Columbia Hickman (443), Blue Springs South (477) and Lee’s Summit North (504).
St. Teresa’s Academy’s Morgan Propeck was the medalist with a 78.
Blue Springs South’s Ayden Sackewitz shot 100, Sophia Nagel 114, Ashley Castillo 138, Derrian Ford 126 and Ashley Humm 127.
Lee’s Summit North fielded a junior varsity team. Lyndsey Rowlette shot 126, Shelby Soukop 121, Natalie Eisenmenger 137, Mimi Brown 130 and Zoe Franzen 127.