For Blue Springs High School senior golfer Lauren Muller, it was mission accomplished, even though she was not the least bit happy with her final score in the Suburban Big Six Conference Girls Golf Championships at par-72 WinterStone Golf Course Monday.
Muller was the lone conference golfer to shoot in the 80s, and her score of 89 earned her medalist honors for the second year in a row at the conference tourney.
“I know she’s not happy with an 89,” Blue Springs coach Jill Courter said, “but she earned that first-place medal! All the scores were high today – she’s the only golfer in the 80s, so that shows you what it was like playing today – and it’s a tough course.”
While Muller earned her second first-place medal in a row, the Wildcats streak of six conference titles came to an end as Blue Springs shot a 447.
Lee’s Summit West won with a 399 followed by Lee’s Summit North (426), Raymore-Peculiar (446), Blue Springs (447), Blue Springs South (453) and Park Hill (454).
Blue Springs South’s Maya McVey was second with a 95 and Lee’s Summit North’s Harrison Clemmons, Natalie Bruce and Mimi Brown tied for 10th at 103.
The top 10 golfers earned all-conference accolades.
“I don’t really know what happened today,” said Muller, who has qualified for state all three years at Blue Springs. “For some reason, I was really tired this morning and I got off to a bad start.
“But I birdied six of the seven holes to finish strong and that’s what I want to do every time I play.”
Muller said it was a bit windy and wet, but the conditions had little to do with her score.
“I’ve played in a lot worse wind and weather,” Muller said. “I just wasn’t in the right mindset until the end. I’m happy that I was able to finish strong. Winning conference two years in a row was one of my goals this season. This win was very special.”
McVey, a freshman, was thrilled with her second-place medal.
“I feel like I could have shot lower, but I’m really happy to finish second,” McVey said. “To finish second in your first conference tournament is pretty cool.
“I really struggled on some holes, so I was happy with the 95. But I know I can do better.”
Rounding out South’s card were Maddie Brennaman (108), Ashley Humm (122), Dilynn Jones (128) and Lexi Frederick (141).
Lauren Mack (118), Lucy Beckenbach (119), Julianna Marshall (121), Kenzee Peterman (124) completed Blue Springs’ scoring.
Cassey Kinman (117) and Katie Page (122) rounded out Lee’s Summit North’s card.
SUBURBAN SMALL SEVEN: Grain Valley’s Laney Rose captured all-conference honors and teammate Taylor Hileman earned honorable mention all-conference honors as the Eagles finished fourth in the Suburban Small Seven Championships Monday.
Rose fired a 101 to finish seventh, while Hileman shot 106 to finish 11th on the par-71 Shiloh Springs Golf Club course.
Grain Valley totaled 461 to finish behind Platte County (399), Kearney (403) and Smithville (410).
Sydney Williams (117) and Lexi Arreguin (137) rounded out Grain Valley’s card.
SUBURBAN MIDDLE SEVEN: William Chrisman senior Carrie Robinson and Fort Osage freshman Ashlyn Buntin earned first-team all-conference honors with top-10 finishes in the Suburban Middle Seven Championships.
Robinson fired a 120 to earn a fifth-place medal and Buntin was seventh at 128 at the par-72 Posse course at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex.
Fort Osage shot 541 to take fourth as a team while Chrisman was fifth at 556.
Fort Osage juniors Katelyn Ward (132) and Katelyn Runyon (139) also earned honorable mention all-conference honors. Alanna Hair (142) and Brooklyn Gilpin (157) finished the Indians’ card.
Josephine Shaw finished one stroke out of a medal in 17th place with a 140. Kailey Guardiola (147), Zoe McConnell (149) and Shelby White (164) finished off Chrisman’s scoring.
"Consistency continues to be something we strive for, even with the higher winds today several of the girls struggled and shot below their averages,” Chrisman coach John Beaman said.
Raytown (495) won the team title and North Kansas City senior Assata Starks (107) was the medalist.
SUBURBAN LARGE SEVEN: Katelyn Bragg shot 105 and Katie Wheeler shot 108 as Truman finished seventh in the Suburban Large Seven Championships Monday at par-72 Hodge Park.
Truman shot 477 as a team. Liberty shot 357 to claim the team title and Liberty North’s Averi Mickelson (79) was the medalist.
Cate Maxey (129), Molly Bradshaw (135) and Ally Houcek (140) completed Truman’s scoring.