“Our expectations were that we’d do a lot better than we did,” he said after the girls finished competition at Sim Park. “We did not have a good day today.”
Maize’s top finisher was Taelyn Entriken, who snagged fifth place by shooting a 78. Garden City’s Abbi Shaddix secured the individual championship with a score of 66. Her teammate, Abbey Campbell, followed with 71. Kapaun Mount Carmel’s Katie Wells claimed third place with 76, and fellow Crusader Hannah Perkins was close behind with 77.
Harlow blamed short putts for his squad’s problems Wednesday. The Eagles had not struggled with that part of their game before.
“It was really kind of a shock to me,” Harlow remarked.
Rounding out Maize’s team score were Lizzie Hurley, 83; Lauren Copp, 86; and Maddie Scheer, 89. Harlow expressed hope that Maize would be more formidable in October’s regional tournament at Dodge City, where Garden City also will play.
Garden City was state runner-up at the Class 6A tournament last year, while Maize placed eighth. Harlow said his golfers’ offseason play led to a strong start this fall.
“They worked really hard this summer, and that’s been the key to our season so far,” he added.
However, Harlow said teams were reaching the time of year when they would feel disappointed if they did not play their best golf. He said he hoped that all six Eagles would come out and play their best golf on the same day.
Entriken, who leads the team, finished 10th last year at state. The 2011 state tournament took place in Olathe, but next month’s 6A finale will be at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita.
Harlow will be looking for improvement over the next few weeks. He said the Maize squad had “hit a bump in the road.”
“We’re just going to have to work hard to get over it,” he continued.