HUTCHINSON — The Newton High School girls’ golf team ended the regular season with a third-place finish at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Championships Thursday at the Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson. Maize topped the field with a team score of 348, followed by Derby at 385, Newton at 390, Salina Central at 393, Salina South at 421 and Hutchinson at 428. Newton was led by Alexis Salsbery with an 89, 11 stokes off the lead, to take fourth. Salsbery earns first-team All-AV-CTL I honors. Ginny Loffler shot a 99 to place 12th, one stroke off medal contention. Lexi Pauls and Alyssa Saenz each tied for 14th at 101. Larrah Bills tied for 27th at 114. Emily Epp placed 34th at 125. “Alexa had a great first nine,” Newton coach Joanie Pauls said. “She played the back nine first and birdied 18 to shoot 41. She had a few bad holes on the front nine, but was able to break 90 for the second time this season. Her finish earned her first-team all-league Honors. Ginny was consistent for us today. She played well tee to green but missed quite a few five footers that kept her out of the medals. “Lexi struggled with her driver today. Her tee ball has been a strength for her the last couple tournaments, but she had trouble finding the fairways. Alyssa started slow, going 19 over on her first five holes. She made some adjustments to her take away and bounced back mentally to go 11 over her next 13 holes. Larrah improved six strokes from our meet at Hutchinson last week. Emily couldn't seem to get comfortable over the ball today. I'm looking for her to bounce back at regionals.” Newton plays Monday at the Salina Municipal Golf Course in the Class 5A regional tournament. The top three teams and top five golfers not on the top three teams advance to state. “We did well against the AV-CTL teams we will see at regionals on Monday,” Joanie Pauls said. “However, Salina Central and Salina South will be playing on their home course Monday (Salina Municipal). We will have to be more focused around the greens and eliminate our bad holes for us to qualify the team for state.”
Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Golf Championships Thursday Carey Park, Hutchinson Team scores — Maize 348, Derby 385, Newton 390, Salina Central 393, Salina South 421 and Hutchinson 428. First-team All-AV-CTL I — 1. Entriken M 78, 2. Kim SC 83, 3. Scheer M 85, 4. Salsbery N 89, 5. Murray D 90. Second-team All-AV-CTL I — 6. Hurley M 91, 7. Long D 92, 8. Copp M 94, 9. Reiswig M 95, 10. Knoth SC 98. Other Newton scores — 12. Ginny Loeffler 99, T14. Lexi Pauls 101, Alyssa Saenz 101, T27. Larrah Bulls 114, 34. Emily Epp 125.