HESSTON — The Newton High School girls’ tennis team posted one of its best finishes of the season, taking fourth at the Buhler Invitational Tuesday at the Hesston Golf Park. Buhler won the 15-team tournament with a score of 336, followed by Andale at 349 and Andover Central at 391. Newton tied Mulvane at 394, but claimed fifth on the fifth-score tie-breaker 103-106. Taryn Torgerson of Buhler was top medalist at 71, winning by eight strokes over Taylor Hawkins of Andale. Newton claimed a medal when Lexi Pauls placed 14th at 94. Alyssa Saenz and Ginny Loeffler both finished two strokes out of a medal at 99. Alexa Salsbery shot a 102, followed by Emily Epp at 103 and Larrah Bills at 110. “The team finished fourth, just three strokes out of team medals,” Newton coach Joanie Pauls said. “Lexi posted a personal best at 94, shooting 12 strokes better than last year. She had a great chance at finishing in the top 10 but a couple of three-putts and a lost ball on her last holes cost her. Alyssa was again able to break 100 and provide a good score for the team. Ginny had a rocky start with a couple of triple bogeys to start her round but she steadied her game from there. “Alexa and Emily didn't score well on their first nine (back nine) both going out in 55, but they finished better shooting 47 and 48 on the front. Larrah continues to play well tee to green, but wasn't able to get her putts to fall when she needed. The team played well in spurts today but consistency was a problem for everyone. All the girls had at least two triple bogeys on their scorecard. We will continue to work on our course management to help us avoid big numbers during our rounds.” Newton competes Thursday at the Hutchinson Invitational at Carey Park.
Buhler Inv. Thursday Hesston Golf Park Team scores — Buhler 336, Andale 349, Andover Central 391, Newton 394-103, Mulvane 394-106, Maize South 396 , Cheney 398, Goddard 406, Circle 435, Augusta 464, Valley Center 468, Medicine Lodge 485, Nickerson 524, Kingman 543. Pretty Prairie no team score. Top 25 — 1. Taryn Torgerson Buh. 71, 2. Taylor Hawkins And. 79, 3. Laine Evans MS 83, 4. Maggie Starr Buh. 84, 5. MacKenzie Penny AC 87, 6. Hannah Balding Buh. 88, 7. Bayley Horsch And. 89, 8. Shelby Hooper Gdd, 89, 9. Rachel Eck And. 90, 10. Lea Chubb AC 90, 11. Rose Bittle Mul. 91, 12. Leah Martin And. 91, 13. Kellie Burns Buh. 93, 14. Lexi Pauls Newton 94, 15. Darian Coen Buh. 96, 16. Jayme Hughey Cir. 97, 17. Taryn Daniels AC, 18. Macie Voss Mul. 97, 19. Shianne Cokely Che. 97, 20. Rachel Schremmer MS 97, 21. Daleen Turner Che. 98, 22. Alyssa Saenz New. 99, 23. Ginny Loefler New. 99, 24 Ann Thome And. 100, 25. Katie Fox Mul. 100. Newton scores — Alexa Salsbery 47-55—102, Ginny Loefler 51-48—99, Lexi Pauls 48-46—94, Alyssa Saenz 49-50—99, Emily Epp 47-56—103, Larrah Bills 51-59—110.