Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Junior Blues Fall Short in Defense of 6A State Golf Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Junior Blues Fall Short in Defense of 6A State Golf Title

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ANDOVER -- Neither Washburn Rural's girls golf team or Topeka High senior Rachel Stous quite reached the goal they were shooting for in Monday's Class 6A state tournament at Terradyne Country Club.

But both the Junior Blues and Stous still had to plenty to feel good about after battling through heavy winds and a tough Terradyne layout.

Washburn Rural, with four underclassmen (three sophomores) in its top six, had its two-year championship reign ended by Shawnee Mission East, but the Junior Blues still finished second -- 22 strokes behind East but 10 strokes ahead of third-place Blue Valley West.

Stous, meanwhile, had hoped to challenge for an individual title, but due in part to a balky putter, had to settle for an 87 and a ninth-place finish. Stous was one of three players who tied for eighth, and she finished second in the playoff.

However, Stous finished in the top 10 in 6A for the third straight season, and she finished her high school career as a four- time state medalist.

While Washburn Rural coach Jared Goehring was hoping for another championship, he said he was proud of the runner-up showing by his team.

Sophomore Megan Lucas and junior Chessa McCalla shot 90s to lead the Junior Blues, while senior Candace Dawson had a 91, sophomore Darcy Beckler a 92, senior Kendra Jellison a 97 and sophomore Abby Glynn a 98.

Lucas and McCalla tied for 13th place while Dawson tied for 17th and Beckler for 19th.

"It was tough out there today," Goehring said. "The wind blew upwards of 30 miles an hour, but it was tough for everyone. I thought our girls handled it well. I'm sure they'd like to have two or three holes back that they could play again, but that's golf.

"You can't control the weather, you can only control your next shot."

Only Dawson and Glynn had played on Rural's 2014 championship team, and given that inexperience, Goehring thought his team fared well.

"It's relatively an inexperienced group in postseason play, so I'm really proud of the whole team today for the way they fought and battled," he said. "They gave us a runner-up finish in a very competitive 6A field. …

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