A “pack mentality” is a phrase that is often associated with cross country, where the participants do their best to run in a pack near the leader of the race.

A “pack mentality” is a phrase that is often associated with cross country, where the participants do their best to run in a pack near the leader of the race.

The Blue Springs South girls golf team gave a new meaning to the term Monday at Adams Pointe Golf Club, where just 10 strokes separated the top and bottom Jaguar as they claimed the Suburban Big Six Conference Championships title with a team score of 364, topping crosstown rival Blue Springs (383).

However, the Wildcats produced the top area finisher, as freshman sensation Mariah Peters shot an 80 to finish second. Liberty’s Marissa Juliana was the top overall finisher with a sizzling 74.

“I’m very proud of the girls, especially Amanda Sinclair, who shot a (season-best) 88,” South coach Mike McGown said. “The girls did a great job today. We didn’t have anyone in the 70s, but they were all there bunched together – and that shows how important every golfer is to the team.

“Golf is an individual sport, but today the girls proved that it is also a team sport.”
Sinclair was followed by Jordan Rehkow (91), Madison Frerking (92), Tara Thorp (93) and Gretchen Kucera (89).

Every member of the South golf team earned all-conference honors along with Blue Springs’ Peters, Lee’s Summit’s Jaime Weeda (92); Lee’s Summit North’s Jessica Swaim (97); and Ally Guffey of Blue Springs (98).

“I like to go out and have fun and, we all had a lot of fun today,” said Kucera, a free spirit who enjoys life on and off the golf course. “I hate for Coach to hear this, but I heard that if you played golf, you got a free breakfast and got to miss a lot of school. I said, ‘I’m in.’ But this was a lot more fun than any free breakfast and missing school.”

Sinclair was thrilled with her top performance of the season.

“I was hoping to break 90,” Sinclair said. “To shoot 88 and help the team win conference is just amazing.”

Added Frerking: “I didn’t shoot as well today as I wanted to, but the girls really picked me up and together we were able to accomplish our goal of winning conference.”
Adams Pointe is a familiar course to Peters, who rebounded from an opening 42 to shoot a 38 on the back nine.

“I’ve played here since I was in the sixth grade,” said Peters, who shot a season-low 73 earlier this season at Meadowbrook Country Club. “I wanted to win today. I came into the tournament hoping I could win, but I didn’t do very well on the front nine.

“But I played a lot better on the back nine and was able to get second place.”

Blue Springs coach Jill Courter said the sky’s the limit for the talented freshman.

“Mariah is the real deal,” Courter said. “She works so hard. She always wants to improve her game. She goes into every tournament looking to win, or to at least have a top-three finish.

“She played really well today, but her best golf is still to come.”