Eagles, Wildcats compete at
state girls’ golf tournament

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

GREAT BEND — Uniontown High’s Eagle girls finished 12th as a team at the 2009 Kansas Class 3-2-1A State Girls’ Golf Tournament Monday. The tournament was held at Lake Barton Golf Course
The UHS girls were in the tournament as a team while Yates Center High had two individuals competing.
Uniontown senior Bethany Ericson finished her golf career with a personal-best score. She shot rounds of 59 and 59 for 118 for the 18-hole state tournament.
“It was great to see Bethany put together her best round she’s ever shot and I know if you asked her she could give you seven or eight more strokes she could have taken off,” said Jason Tourtillott, Uniontown golf coach.
“The weather was very nice after fighting 30 mph winds during our practice round. I was pleased with how the girls played. We knew going into the tournament we couldn’t compete at the level of most of these schools but we had our goals.”
A year ago at the state tournament, the Eagles shot 638 as a team. Five of this year’s six players at the state tournament were there last year. This season they shot a 524 as a team.
Larned won the team championship with a 390. Kami Rash of Syracuse is the Class 3-2-1A individual champion with an 81.
Tying for 51st with Ericson was Yates Center High’s freshman Emily Baker with a 118 (60-58).
Uniontown’s Veronica Harrison shot a 123 (67-56). Emily Simpson had a 135 (70-65) and Raven Hixon had a 148 (71-77). Brooke Murrow (84-72) and Sabrena McAnulty (75-81) each shot a 156.
“Putting was a problem for us. The greens were much faster than ours and really had some tough pin placements. The girls hit some great shots but just didn’t score well as far as putting,” Tourtillott said.
The Eagles are looking toward next year as five golfers will return, four with two consecutive trips to state under their belts.
Yates Center senior Maggie German ended her second straight state tournament tying for 72nd. She shot a 129 (73-57).