Shannen Chin has several fond memories of Smoky Hill Country Club, including winning a state title at the course last year.
Chin won’t consider her performance in Monday’s TMP Invitational as one of her top moments at Smoky Hill, but the TMP-Marian senior played well enough to win her final tournament at the course.
Chin carded an 80 to win by 15 strokes and helped the Monarchs win the team title by 13 strokes over Cimarron.
Always holding herself to a high standard, Chin wasn’t satisfied with her outing but remains confident heading into next Monday's regional hosted by Hoisington at the Lake Barton Golf Club in Great Bend.
“My driving went pretty well today but my putting and chipping (stunk),” Chin said. “I was aiming at 72 today and end up getting an 80. I wasn’t very happy, but that’s golf.
“I love this place, even though I didn’t do well. I have a lot of memories here with the team and coach (Jake Befort).”
Despite hitting a couple shots that went out of bounds, Chin showed off her distance throughout the round.
“I had a lot of good drives,” she said. “I drove to like 30 yards away from the green, but I had a bad chip and a bad putt.”
Chin, the defending Class 3A-2A-1A champion, shot a 40 on both the front and back nine. She said she will be focusing on her short game before Monday’s regional.
“I will chip and putt every day,” she said.
TMP had other two other top-10 finishes, with Jenna Romme placing eighth with a 105 and Avin Inlow 10th with a 108. Tiffany Pfiefer and Emma Pope moved up to varsity for the meet with Haleigh Spray and Abby Heimerman out sick.
“We had four seniors today and two of them didn’t expect to play varsity," Befort said. "And for them to come away with first-place medals and beat Hoisington and Concordia, who beat us last week, I’m just really proud of the girls.”
Chin was one of just four players to break 100 on the day. Concordia’s Abby Donovan placed second with an 85, Cimarron’s Kacee Coast was third with a 97 and Hoisington’s Maleigha Schmidt was fourth with a 98.
“It was pretty brutal out there today,” Befort said. “The course played tough. Everybody had a bad time with it. I was just glad it worked out this way (to win the tournament).”
The Monarchs will shoot for a top-three team finish at the regional in Great Bend.
“All I want to do is take third as a team and make sure everybody goes,” Befort said. “That’s it. That’s the only thing we’re thinking about.”
TMP-Marian 417, Cimarron 430, Hoisington 434. Concordia 438, Hays JV 457, Clay Center 480, Goodland JV 530.
Individual scores (top 10)
1. Shannen Chin, TMP, 80; 2. Abby Donovan, Concordia, 95; 3. Kacee Coast, Cimarron, 97; 4. Maleigha Schmidt, Hoisington, 98; 5. Jordyn Lowrie, Oakley, 101; 6. Aspen Bell, Cimmaron, 102; 7. Liza Ward, Hoisington, 105; 8. Jenna Romme, TMP, 105; 9. Katie Donovan, Concordia, 108; 10. Avin Inlow, TMP, 108.
Other TMP scores: Annie Wasinger 124, Tiffany Pfeifer 128, Emma Pope 141.