BY GENE SCHINZEL
Special to The Telegram
GREAT BEND — Senior Amy Stegman was in line to be the individual medalist at Class 3-2-1A state girls golf meet before a score from the final foursome pushed her to second.
That didn't matter to Stegman, she got the title she wanted.
Stegman led Holcomb to its first state girls golf title as the Longhorns shot a 421. Caney Valley was second with a 445, while Hoisington edged Syracuse by two strokes for third place, 452-454.
Stegman, who shot a 96, was seventh individually at state last year when the Longhorns finished eighth.
"We're very excited about the team title," said Amy Stegman as she took a brief break from celebratory photos being taken with her teammates and the team trophy. "We knew it would be tough, even though we could have played better."
Tough was the operative word for the field playing the tree-lined Stoneridge Golf Club.
Only four players broke 100 during the cool and breezing day. When the players had their practice rounds Sunday, the wind was from the south. On Monday, it blew from the north.
"It was like playing a different course," Holcomb coach Scott Stegman said. "But the girls stepped up and shot scores that were good enough to get us the title."
The Longhorns were able to bunch enough scores in the top 25 to win going away.
Besides Amy Stegman, who finished nine strokes behind medalist Maggie Sloan of Pittsburg-Colgan, Holcomb's Sam Larrick tied for 12th, Erika Robinson tied for 18th and Brianna Barlow tied for 23rd. On Monday, Holcomb used its No. 6 player's score for its team score.
"Throughout the season, we've had different girls step up and we've used different scores," coach Stegman said. "And they improved their scores on the back nine."
Five Holcomb players had better scores on the back nine than the front. Barlow and Robinson were seven strokes better, while Larrick was five better.
Amy Stegman was two shots better, shooting a 47 after a 49 on the front.
"My drives and rescue shots were really good, but I couldn't chip or putt," Stegman said.
A number of other area players medaled at Monday's meet. Sublette's Katelyn Marlin was fourth with a 99, while Madison Brown led Syracuse with a 104 and finished 11th.
Larrick tied for 12th with a 105.