Blue Springs experienced what it feels like to win by a stroke and be edged out by a stroke at the same time Monday.
Competing in the Class 2 District 7 girls golf tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club that also doubled as the Suburban Big Seven Conference championship for the Wildcats and Lee’s Summit West, Blue Springs took third place with a team score of 356. Its total beat the Titans by one stroke to win a conference title, but finished a stroke behind St. Teresa’s to miss out on one of the two automatic team spots at the Class 2 Sectional 4 tournament next week.
“It’s nice to win a conference title, that’s something we’ve done since I was a freshman,” said senior Jordan Marshall, who along with Lauren Muller led the Wildcats with 11-over par 83s to tie for sixth place in the individual standings. “At the same time, it’s disappointing not to get one of the top two team spots in the district.”
Blue Springs, however, will compete as a team at sectionals as four of its players finished in the top 15 of players not on district champion Notre Dame de Sion or St. Teresa’s.
Teams that have at least four players who qualify for sectionals as individuals also have a team score.
Sierra Heuston finished 11th overall with an 88 and Alyna Thibault shot 102 – nabbing the final qualifying spot – to join Marshall and Muller for the Wildcats at sectionals.
“Jordan and Lauren played well,” Blue Springs coach Jill Courter said. “Lauren played better than she has the last few tournaments, which is big, because every stroke was important. Jordan played solid. Thursday, she shot a 91 out here, and then today she cuts eight strokes off that. That was awesome. … It is exciting to still be competing as a team. We’ll just have to take four of four of our scores instead of four of five. My heart is saddened for our No. 5 player who worked hard all summer and all season.”
Courter noted winning the Suburban Big Seven is a big accomplishment.
“It’s tough to win a conference championship,” she said. “Lee’s Summit West and us have gone back and forth all year, and we just happened to edge them out by one today. It was the same thing with St. Teresa’s. We knew it would be a tight race and it was.”
Plenty of other area golfers qualified for sectionals as individuals.
Blue Springs South’s Ayden Sackewitz (87) finished 10th overall, Truman’s Andrea Zorich (99) tied for 21st and Grain Valley’s Taylor Hileman (100) took 22nd to move on.
Lee’s Summit North sent two players through as Ashlee Collins (95) tied for 16th and Micaela Dickerson (102) tied for 24th.
Truman coach Joey Penner said it can’t be overstated how important it is for a player to advance to sectionals.
“It’s great having someone move on,” he said. “It’s exciting. (Zorich) is a senior and she’s put in years of hard work to get here. This is a kid who’s dedicated to golf. She plays on the weekend with her dad, and I’m proud of her.”
CLASS 2 DISTRICT 8: Fort Osage’s Gabby Vaoifi will be headed to the sectional tournament for a second straight year.
Vaoifi fired an 83 to finish third in the Class 2 District 8 Tournament Monday at par-72 Liberty Hills Country Club and advance to next week’s sectional.
Fort Osage did not field enough players to record a team score.