Jean Tyrrell added a Kansas Class 6A girls golf state title to her resume with a 1-over par performance on Monday at Topeka Country Club.
Tyrrell, who has committed to Florida Gulf Coast University and won Eastern Kansas League and regional championships, also helped Blue Valley North place third in the team standings. The Mustangs finished four strokes behind Shawnee Mission East. Washburn Rural defended its state title.
“She is a very polished golfer,” Mustangs coach Lisa Holton said. “She is head and shoulders over the rest of the competition, as far as knowing how to practice and knowing when she needs to warm up. It has been a pleasure being her coach this year.”
Tyrrell was especially effective on the back nine, where she shot an even-par 35.
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“The back was definitely much more of a success,” Tyrrell said. “I hit eight out of nine greens in regulation and had quite a few birdie opportunities, so that helped. My irons were working well and I was able to make some putts.”
SM East’s Jessica Parker finished just three 3 behind Tyrrell and finished second. Coach Ermanno Ritschl said it was her best round of the season.
Olathe Northwest’s Rosie Klausner also finished in the top five after winning a playoff against Washburn Rural’s Haley Florey for fourth place.
Class 5A: Two area teams in top three
St. James Academy, sparked by a third-place individual finish by Abby Dorsey, edged St. Thomas Aquinas by 2 strokes for second place in the team standings at the Class 5A state tournament at Salina Municipal Golf Course.
Kapaun Mount Carmel, who had the top two finishers, won its second straight team title.
Dorsey shot a 76 to finish 1 stroke behind the winner, and teammate Caroline Klemp finished sixth with an 80. Aquinas’ top performer was Tatum King, who lost a playoff to Klemp and finished seventh.
Blue Valley West’s Alex Larson and Blue Valley Southwest’s Jamie Rickert finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Class 4A: De Soto golfer wins
Driven by the memory of a fourth-place finish her sophomore year and the frustration of missing last season with a wrist injury, De Soto’s Brittani Jensen bounced back to win the Class 4A girls golf state tournament at Dub’s Dread Golf Club.
She shot a 79, which was tied for first. She then birdied the playoff hole to win.
Jensen was the lone De Soto golfer this year and she worked out with a combined squad from Mill Valley.
It was the sixth tournament title this season for Jensen, who also won her regional tournament and the SM East Invitational.