Led by two top-10 placers, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls golf team continued a solid season with a second-place showing in the TMP Invitational on Monday at Smoky Hill Country Club.
Haleigh Spray led the Monarchs with a 99 to place sixth while Allison Applequist carded a 102 to take eighth.
The Monarchs compiled a team score of 423 while Wamego won the tournament with a 395. Concordia’s Abby Donovan won the individual title with an 85.
“It was a challenging day; the greens were lightning fast. But it was a beautiful day,” TMP coach Jeremy Coulter said. “Our girls came in and played hard from the very first tee shot to the last putt that they made. They played well. To be honest, I really don’t get too worked up about what the scores are. I’m more focused that they’re playing hard from the first tee shot to the very end. The scores will come, and the scores came for us today and put us in second place.”
Jenna Romme took 13th for the Monarchs with a 107 while Abby Heimerman rounded out TMP’s team score with a 115 to place 21st.
Coulter said Spray and Romme have led the Monarchs throughout the season.
“Haleigh Spray and Jenna Romme, they battle it out every time they step out on the golf course,” Coulter said. “Some days one’s feeling it and not the other, but both of them are out there making every shot count.
“Every tournament, we’re in the mix,” he added. “The girls are getting better and better every tournament. … Allison had a great day today. I couldn’t be happier with the progress they’ve made from the beginning of the season to where we’re at right now.”
Coulter said it was fortunate for the weather to cooperate on Monday.
“It’s unusual this time of year for the wind to be down,” Coulter said. “Temperature was in the mid to high 70s. Sun was shining. You couldn’t ask for a better day to be out on the golf course.”
Plainville’s Corbin Marquess took second individually with a 95. Oakley’s Jordyn Lowrie was third with a 96 while Wamego’s Kirby McKee and Ashten Pierson took fourth and fifth, respectively, with 97s.
Hays High’s junior varsity team took sixth as a team. The Indians were led by Madelyn Martin’s 111.