The Hays High School girls’ golf team is headed back to the state tournament.
Led by an individual Class 4A regional championship for senior Karee Dinkel on Monday at a windy, blustery Smoky Hill Country Club, the Indians finished second as a team and will head to the state finale next week in Topeka.
Dinkel fired a 12-over 84 despite the conditions, winning the regional championship by five shots as one of two Indians to finish in the top five.
Junior Emily McGuire joined her by firing a 97 as Hays High finished with a 401, just a shot back of champion Andale, but 59 shots ahead of third-place Buhler.
Dinkel will make her third straight trip to the state tournament, but a first in Class 4A. Dinkel competed, qualified and medaled the last two seasons as a member of the Thomas More Prep-Marian golf team.
She won the Class 3-2-1A individual championship two seasons ago for the Monarchs at Cherry Oaks Golf Course in Cheney, then last year finished second to lead the TMP team to a second-place finish in 3-2-1A at Emporia.
McGuire, junior Emily George and junior Brittani Park all will return to the state finale for the Indians after competing on last season’s state qualifying team.
In addition, freshman Sophia Garrison joins the group this season. She was the third-best finisher Monday for the Indians, earning a ninth-place finish after winning a playoff against Andale’s Jaela Albers. Garrison finished with a 108 in a day where only six golfers broke 100.
Also, junior Molly Eikenberry shot a 112, while George came in at a 116 to round out the Indians’ day.
The 4A state tournament is Oct. 16 at Lake Shawnee Golf Course in Topeka. Tee time is 8:30 a.m.