Local golfers punch tickets to State tourneys

The Cheney girls golf team will take part next week’s 3-2-1A State golf tournament. The Cardinals hope to have an edge from playing on their home course at Cherry Oaks.

By Michael Buhler

One local high school girls golf team and several other local golfers started the week the right way by earning bids to next week’s State golf championships on Monday.
Leading the way were the Cheney Cardinals, who took third as a team at the Class 3-2-1A regional at Caney Valley to earn a team bid to State, which the Cardinals will host this Monday and Tuesday at Cherry Oaks Golf Course.
“We are looking forward to playing State on our home course,” Cheney coach Tim Hiebert said. “The girls are excited about being in the nine-team field for Monday and Tuesday. We like our chances.”
The Cardinals finished with a score of 418, 48 strokes ahead of Frontenac and 16 behind runner-up Caney Valley. St. Mary’s Colgan of Pittsburg won the regional title with a score of 380.
Individually, Jalyn Turner finished fifth with a score of 98, while Kaitlyn Fowler tied for 12th with a score of 105, Halley Jones shot a 106 to place 15th, Natalie Burdick tied for 17th after carding a 109 and Morgan Sutter finished 20th after shooting 112.
Also playing at the Caney Valley regional were a trio of Garden Plain golfers, one of which is headed to State. Jaycee Brown shot a 103 to take 10th and earn one of the individual qualifier spots at the State tournament at Cherry Oaks. Carly Hitt tied for 28th after shooting 122, while Olivia Helten tied for 32nd after carding a 126.

Garden Plain’s Jaycee Brown qualified for 3-2-1A State as an individual.

EHS’ Schaffer qualifies for 5A

Eisenhower will send senior Hannah Schaffer to the Class 5A State tournament at Salina after she tied for 10th with a score of 89 at the Class 5A regional on Monday at Rolling Hills Golf Course.
“It is awesome for Hannah being a senior and being rewarded for her time with us,” Eisenhower coach Cliff Hartzog said. “The team played pretty good on a tough course finishing one shot out of fifth. We have already played at the State site and Hannah likes the course, so we will go have some fun and see how we do.”
As a team, Eisenhower finished sixth with a score of 395, while Goddard finished 10th after carding a 461. Kayla Jensen tied for 21st with a score of 99, while Lexi Habbert tied for 26th after carding a 102, Meredith Russell shot a 104 to take 29th and Tami Adeagbo took 41st after carding a 119.
Sarah Williams paced the Lions with a score of 108 (good for 34th), while Kaiden Phillips shot 113 to take 38th, Kalista Rugh shot a 118 to place 40th, Aubrie Culver finished 45th after shooting 122 and Ally Hamblin placed 50th with a score of 132.

Colts’ Maier headed to State

The Campus Colts will send freshman Kiley Maier to the Class 6A State tournament at Hesston next week after she tied for 12th at Monday’s regional at Dodge City with a score of 101.
“It should be a great experience for Kiley and allow her to see what it is like to compete in a State competition,” Campus coach Josh Curtiss said. “Not all athletes get to participate in a State tournament, so that is a great accomplishment – and to do it as a freshman is something else. She’ll be really nervous given this is her first time there, but she will gain the experience for her next three years.”
As a team, Campus took fifth with a score of 421, three strokes behind fourth-place Hutchinson and 23 strokes ahead of Wichita North. Leah Shipman carded a 106 to take 19th for Campus, while Jaden Cain and Sophie Martins both tied for 20th after each shot 107 and Alicia Jaramillo shot 113 to finish 30th.

Cardinals win CPL title

The Cheney Cardinals had a full head of momentum heading into regionals after winning the Central Plains League championship last Tuesday at Cherry Oaks.
The Cardinals shot a 379 to win by 15 strokes over runner-up Kingman. Garden Plain finished fourth after shooting a 474.
“Being league champs is wonderful,” Hiebert said. “The girls played very well and felt very good about the tournament.”
Turner, Jones, Morgan Sutter and Fowler finished second through fifth in that order, carding scores of 90, 93, 97 and 99, respectively. Burdick shot a 120 to finish 13th.
Brown took sixth for the Owls after shooting an even 100, while Hitt carded a 110 to finish seventh, Helten shot 130 to finish 18th and Emma Neises tied for 20th after shooting a 134.
Colts take fifth at league

The Campus Colts finished fifth at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I tournament last Tuesday at Newton after shooting a 389.
Martins tied for fifth at league with a score of 86, while Maier took ninth after shooting a 95, Cain shot a 103 to take 24th, Shipman carded a 104 to finish 25th and Jaramillo shot a 110 to place 29th.