By The Telegram
The Syracuse and Holcomb girls golf teams finished second and third Wednesday in the Class 3-2-1A regional golf tournament played at Sugar Hills Country Club in Goodland.
The 18-hole event sends the teams next Monday to Lake Barton Golf Course in Great Bend for the state tournament.
Syracuse was led by senior Kamie Rash's medalist performance with an 86, five shots ahead of runner-up Amy Stegman of Holcomb, who had a 91. The Lady Bulldogs had a team score of 446, well behind winning host school Goodland, which posted a 405 total. Holcomb was at 456 and Lakin finished fourth at 462.
"It was 37 degrees, 15 mph winds, and a light mist when we started the round and didn't improve much during the day," Syracuse coach Rick Mathias said. "It was a tough day that was made tougher when Paige (Hook) and Stephanie (Geven) were sick during the round. I commend the girls for playing through the tough weather and course conditions."
Lakin's Maggie Hilbig did qualify for state as an individual by shooting a 97 and finishing fourth overall. Sublette's Katelyn Marlin with a 106 and Austin Davis with a 118 also qualified as individuals for the state meet.
The tournament had originally been scheduled for Monday but inclement weather for two days forced the postponement and Wednesday's weather wasn't much better. With the temperature hovering in the upper 40s and light mist, the golfers struggled with the conditions.
"It was cold, but some of the golfers did well," said Connie Livengood, Goodland coach.
For Rash, the medalist finish was her fifth in six tournaments this season and sends her back to the state tournament where she finished second a year ago at Emporia Municipal Golf Course. She had rounds of 43-43 on Wednesday while Stegman had rounds of 49-42.
Jazzmin Weis of Goodland was third with a 96 and then came Hilbig. Those four were the lone golfers to break 100.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.