Rylie Cook has Day 1 lead at State Girls Golf
When you looked at the qualifiers for the Class 3-2-1A Girls Golf State Championships, you had a feeling that Southwestern Kansas teams would make their presence known. You also knew that some individuals had a chance to do something special.
Day 1 played out just like that at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.
Whether it was the team standings of the chase for individual medalist honors, the region has made its presence known.
Stanton County's Rylie Cook fired a 73 on Day 1, opening up a four-shot lead entering Tuesday's second round of action. And she wasn't alone in the Top 10, either.
Brielle Bange of Colby is currently 3rd after firing an 80, while four other area golfers are also in the Top 10 - Goodland's Kerrigan Rudolph fired an 83 and it tied for 5th, while Syracuse's Hannah Lampe (84) and Andie Coleman (88) both were also under 90 and stood 7th and tied for 9th, respectively. Stanton County's Caelyn Cook carded an 87 to stand in 8th place.
A group of three teams are chasing Goodland in the team race, as the Cowgirl linksters are atop the list with a 16-stroke lead over Silver Lake. Right in the hunt, Colby, who's tied for 3rd.
The lone Cimarron player who made the cut was Morgan Herkelman, who carded a 100, with the cut line at 100. The Bluejays were eliminated from the team race after finishing 9th on Day 1.
Day 2 will get underway at 9 am. Riley Cook and Lampe will tee off at 10:40 and start on the 10th hole. Rudolph will be the last of the Goodland squad to tee off, leaving the 1st tee at 10:50 am.
Class 6A State Golf
Garden City is tied for 4th place as a team, while Alyssa McMillen shot an 80 and is just three shots off the lead heading into the second round at the Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson.
The Buffaloes fired a 377 as a team in the first round, dominated by Shawnee Mission East, who will take a 21-shot team lead into Day 2 over Shawnee-Mill Valley.
McMillen is trying to chase down Quincy Helper of Shawnee Mission East, who carded a 77 to hold the lead after the first round.
Dodge City struggled as a team and missed the team cut, and only Ashtyn Armstrong made the cut line of 102 individually. Liberal golfers Katie Horyna and Maci Reeves also missed the cut.
Garden City still has a chance at the team title, with Ryann Warren, Grace Yi, Rian Linenberger and Emma Kells still in the tournament, but will have to make up a 35-shot deficit along the way.
Class 4A State Golf
Ulysses senior Jacklyn Wolf just made the cut at the 4A State Girls Golf Tournament at Hesston Golf Course, while Jynrti Moyer and Adrianna Romero did not make the cut to Day 2. Wolf will play on Tuesday beginning at 10 am and start on the 10th tee.