The Lady Lancers golf team played in the St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) Invitational held on the Overland Park golf course on Oct. 2. The Lancers fell behind STA by six strokes and tied with Blue Valley Northwest with a team total of 258.
“I think the team is looking very promising this year,” senior Alex Maday said. “We are very deep in talent and we have a great overall structure.”
The format of the tournament was a Ryder Cup, which means each school has a team that plays alternate shot, scramble and four ball. Alternate shot means that the players switch off while hitting one ball. A scramble means that the team of two players hits from the best ball of each shot. Four ball means that you take the lowest number of strokes from a team of two players on each hole, which counts as the team score for that hole.
Coach Ermanno Ritschl chooses the two players for each game, for a total of six varsity players. Maday played alternate shot, along with her teammate senior Laurie Doerflinger. As a team, they placed third.
Coming up for the golf team on Oct. 7 is an 18 hole tournament held by Lawrence Free State at the Lawrence Country Club. This will serve as the second round of the Sunflower League tournament.
“Right now, we’re down by five strokes to Olathe Northwest after the first leg,” Maday said. “I have a feeling that we’re going to come back and be champions to retain our title.”
The third and final round of Sunflower League is on Oct. 9 at St. Andrews Golf Club. This 18 hole tournament will be hosted by Olathe East, and will determine the Sunflower League Champions.
The state tournament is also approaching for the golf team. State will be held at the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City. The team hopes to keep their state title that they brought home last year.
“The team probably spends upward to three hours per day on the golf course practicing for state,” Maday said. “Everyone will have to play their best in order to retain their title.”