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St. James senior Caroline Klemp finishes as state runner-up in Class 5A golf

Caroline Klemp of St. James Academy, shown during last year’s state high school golf championships, finished as the 2016 Class 5A runner-up on Monday.
Caroline Klemp of St. James Academy, shown during last year’s state high school golf championships, finished as the 2016 Class 5A runner-up on Monday. kmyers@kcstar.com

St. James Academy senior Caroline Klemp finished runner-up in the Class 5A girls golf tournament in windy conditions on the north golf course at Crestview Country Club in Wichita on Monday afternoon.

Klemp’s round of 80 was two strokes behind Kapaun Mount Carmel senior Emma Whitaker, who Klemp defeated in a playoff last year to win the state championship.

“I feel like I could have played a little bit better,” said Klemp, “but with the conditions I was not very upset with my score.”

Whitaker (78), Klemp (80), and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Tatum King (84) were the only golfers in a field of over 90 to crack 90 on the par-72 course.

St. James coach George McDonnell was proud of how Klemp, who has orally committed to the University of Denver, finished her career.

“She will leave St. James as the most decorated female golfer in the school’s history,” McDonnell said. “It might be some time before someone can duplicate the number of medals, number of tournaments won, and all of the accomplishments Caroline has had.”

Other medalists in the Top 10 were Mill Valley’s Isabella Hadden (fourth, 90), Aquinas’ Maggie King (eighth, 92), St. James’ Allison Comer (ninth, 93).

Aquinas finished 12 strokes behind Kapaun for the team championship with a team score of 377, while St. James was third with a score of 382.

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