The Newton High School girls’ golf team claimed a medal and one of its better team finishes of the season Tuesday, taking eighth at the 13-team Newton Invitational at Sand Creek Station.
Andover won the team title at 158, followed by Derby at 171, Maize at 175, Arkansas City at 176 and Maize South at 179.
Newton had a team score of 214.
Hayley Jones of Andover was top medalist with a 37, followed by Ellie Cobb of Salina Central and Emma Johnson of Derby each at 38.
“I had one birdie and one double bogey,” Jones said. “I was playing pretty good. It was really nice. This was one of the few times I’ve played this course without a strong wind. It was a beautiful day for it. The course was a little bit short. I contemplated using my driver, but held off on it.”
Jones is a senior and finished one stroke out of a medal at state last year. She is undefeated this season and leads the state in all classes (Kansasgolfscores.com) in scoring average at 71 for 18 holes. She won two tournaments and tied for first in another tournament.
“I didn’t do so well at state last year,” she said. “I was in surgery a couple of weeks before, and wasn’t in very good shape. I want to get back to state and do as well as I should have last year.”
Newton was led by Kit Kingsley, who shot a 42 to take 12th. Kingsley rebounded from a tough outing last week at Winfield.
“I started off pretty shaky with two double-bogeys, but then settled down and started playing better,” Kingsley said. “I had a couple of chances for birdies, but couldn’t get them unfortunately. It was close with a bunch of girls pretty close together. I got the flu Wednesday before Winfield and didn’t play well at all. It was nice to play better today.”
Kingsley is a two-time state qualifier who is looking to crack the top 20 this year and claim a medal.
“I would like to break 40 for nine holes and 80 for 18 holes,” Kingsley said. “I’d like to get all-league first team, get a regional medal and hopefully a state medal. I didn’t play any tournaments this summer, but I practiced with my dad and worked a lot on my game.”
Newton freshman Mallory Seirer shot a 55, followed by Brynna Walton at 56, Naomi Kuhn at 61, Mollee-Ewert Smith at 62 and Ada Montano at 64.
“I think we’re making progress,” Newton coach Joanie Pauls said. “Kit got off to a rough start, but she did score a little bit better. This course played pretty close to Derby and our scores were a bit better. They shortened 10 to a par four from a par five. The rest of the course they played from regular tees, but they added some new tees since it opened, so there are closer tees. We were putting better.”
Newton plays Friday at the Buhler Invitational, an all-day, 18-hole tournament up the road at the Hesston Golf Course.
“That set up will be a little easier,” Pauls said. “We did a better job today of keeping the ball in play. We didn’t have as many big numbers. We’re trying to get a little bit more on varsity. Kit won’t be at that one, so we’ll have someone up from JV, so our team score will struggle. We have nine varsity tournaments and the players can only play eight. We set up a qualifying score for Winfield, which is a tough course and only Kit and Mallory made that. Mallory will have to sit out a tournament later in the year.”
Sand Creek Station
Team scores - Andover 158, Derby 171, Maize 175, Arkansas City 176, Maize South 179, Winfield 187, Buhler 203, Newton 214, Salina South 217, Salina Central 218, Emporia 220, Valley Center 224, Hutchinson 237.
Medalists — Hayley Jones, And., 37; Ellie Cobb, SC, 38; Emma Johnson, Der., 38; Kenni Henson, Der., 39; Tessa Kilian, Mai., 40; Tiffany Chan, And., 40; Baylee Bloom, And., 41; Sadie Revell, Win., 41; Erika Hoag, AC, 41; Alivia Nguyen, And., 41; Kelsey Hawley, And., 41; Riley Hunter, Mai., 42; Kit Kingsley, New., 42.
Remainder of field — Hannah Shaver, MS, 43; Bella Wood, AC, 44; London Love, MS, 44; Mati Newman, VC, 44; Camri Gage, AC, 45; Haley Miller, Buh., 45; Sara Mitchell, Emp., 45; Morgan Wilson, MS, 46; Brooklyn Blasdel, Mai., 46; Shauna Lee, And., 46; Elli Lindebak, MS, 46; Abbey Simonsen, Der., 46; Kenna Biddle, Win., 46; Hannah Lewis, AC, 46; Tatum Forrester, SS, 47; Lauren Arnett, Mai., 47; Tayler Brown, Der., 48; Sarah Hyatt, MS, 48; Elly Bertholf, Win., 49; Amber Donker, Mai., 49; Jordan Martens, Buh., 49; Harlee Long, SC, 50; Jenny Perry, Der., 50; Cassie Paulson, Buh., 50; Kiara Zoglemann, Win., 51; Rylee Williams, AC, 54; Mallory Seirer, New., 55; Edie Reese, VC, 55; Lexie Ridder, Mai., 55; Macey Truitt, Der., 55; Meredith Kinney, Hut., 56; Hana Risley, Emp., 56; Brynna Walton, New., 56; Makayla Kusmaul, Emp., 56; Crisi Rivera, SS, 56; Kailey Martinez, SS, 57; Karlee Roudybush, SS, 57; Lindsay Brown, SS, 57; Mariah Cannon, Hut., 58; Lauren Specht, Buh., 59; Elana Schmelzle, VC, 60; Lauren Nelson, Buh., 61; Taylee Vieyra, Buh., 61; Rylie Cannon, Hut., 61; Maci Miller, SS, 61; Elizabeth Collins, SC, 61; Naomi Kuhn, New., 61; Rhiannon Robbins, Win., 61; Mollee Ewert-Smith, New., 62; Nicole Spann, Hut., 62; Drue Davis, Emp., 63; Ada Montano, New., 64; Lizzy Pierce, VC, 65; Betsey Williams, Emp., 66; Riley Botkin, Emp., 67; Bridgit Conway, SC, 69; Kyra Rodrigues, Hut., 75.