The new format for Kansas high school state golf tournaments may have produced some added pressure for the Goodland girls, but it was nothing the Cowgirls couldn't handle.
Goodland not only held on to the opening-round lead it established Monday at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament, but added to it with a solid second round Tuesday at Salina Municipal.
Goodland's two-day total of 366-343—709 was good for a 36-stroke margin of victory. It was a strong showing by northwest Kansas schools, with Colby moving into second-place on the final day and finishing at 385-360—745.
After battling wind gusts in the 40-to-50 mph range on Monday, conditions were a bit better for Tuesday's round.
"The girls played very well in the wind," Goodland coach Connie Livengood said. "But being from western Kansas, that's the conditions we play in.
"But I was very proud of their stamina and finishing strong today. It makes a world of difference."
This year marked the first time the Kansas State High School Activities Association has used a two-day, 36-hole format for its state tournaments.
Under the previous format, Goodland would have celebrated a state title after 18 holes on Monday. The Cowgirls owned a 17-shot lead going into Tuesday's tee times.
"It was really exciting," Goodland senior Kerrigan Rudolph said. "It gives all the good golfers a chance to play both days.
"I know I played better today so I was glad there was another day."
Rudolph was one of four Goodland golfers to place in the top 20 and earn a state medal. After an opening round of 83 on Monday, Rudolph followed with an 8-over 78 Tuesday. Her two day total of 161 was good for fourth place, up two spots from where she stood after Monday's round.
"My goal was for the team to win a state championship and for me to finish in the top five," Rudolph said.
"It's really exciting but I'm also kind of upset that it's over. It was a great experience for me and the people around me made it even better."
Teammate Peyton Belden had a 10-shot improvement over the first day and took 13th with a 96-86—182. Goodland's Brooke Drennan (91-92—183) and Colby Perryman (96-87—183) tied for 14th.
"We talked about playing relaxed today and couldn't let our guard down," Livengood said. "Ten strokes can swing pretty fast.
"We talked about what we had for our end goal and finishing undefeated. This team won every tournament it played this season."
Colby's Brielle Bange (80-74—154) took third, with teammate Mya Betz (95-88—183) tying Drennan and Perryman for 14th.
Stanton County's Rylie Cook had a four-shot lead after an opening-round 73 in Monday's miserable conditions. She followed that with a 2-over 72 on Tuesday. Her 145 total was good for an eight-shot margin of victory over runner-up Faith Hedges of Lawrence Seabury.
TMP places sixth
Thomas More Prep-Marian senior Haleigh Spray capped her career with an 18th-place showing in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament.
Spray finished with a 186, shooting a 97 in Tuesday’s second round after carding an 89 on Monday.
The Monarchs placed sixth as a team with a 792.
Jenna Romme tied for 21st for the Monarchs with a 190. Allison Applequist carded a 202 and Ella Brummer finished with a 214.