After taking a year off to lower her national ranking and make a college decision, Blue Valley North senior Jean Tyrrell elected to return to high school golf this season, and the Mustangs are glad she did.
Tyrrell, who is the top prospect in Kansas according to Golf Week, shot a 1-over par 74 and won the Kansas Class 6A state title while leading the Mustangs to a third place finish on Monday at Topeka Country Club. Washburn Rural defended its title, and Shawnee Mission East placed second.
“This is something that started back when she was 10 playing in tournaments like this,” Mustangs coach Lisa Holton said. “She is definitely on the road to better things, but this is definitely a wonderful end to her high school season.”
The state title capped a successful year for the Florida Gulf Coast commit which also included a first place finish in the Eastern Kansas League and a regional title in addition to other tournament titles during the season.
“Now that I’ve committed, my ranking doesn’t matter as much and I’m glad to be back with the team,” Tyrrell said. “I’m really glad I played, and I had an awesome time with my teammates.”
Tyrrell was especially effective on the back nine, where she hit eight greens in regulation and finished with a 35. Cecilia Ryan added a sixth place finish with a score of 83 on the day.
Jessica Parker of Shawnee Mission East finished 3 strokes behind Tyrrell which helped the Lancers edge the Mustangs by 4 strokes, finishing second.
“That was her best round of the season,” Lancers coach Ermanno Ritschl said. “A couple of our players stumbled, but she came through.”
Olathe Northwest’s Rosie Klausner finished fourth after winning a playoff against Washburn Rural’s Haley Florey.
Catholic schools dominate Class 5A
Abby Dorsey placed third and helped St. James Academy edge St. Thomas Aquinas by 2 strokes, finishing as runners-up in the Class 5A at Salina Municipal Golf Course. Kapaun Mount Carmel had the top two individual finishers and won its second straight title.
Dorsey shot a 76, which was her second-best round of the year and 1 stroke behind the winner. Caroline Klemp added a sixth-place finish with an 80. Aquinas’ top performer was Tatum King, who tied Klemp but lost the playoff and took seventh.
“I knew it was going to be really close,” Thunder coach Stan Dohm said. “We had a couple girls make some really nice pars and were able to scratch it out.”
Blue Valley West’s Alex Larson and Blue Valley Southwest’s Jamie Rickert also landed in the top 10. They finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Jenson captures Class 4A title
It took two long seasons for De Soto’s Brittani Jensen to get back to the Class 4A state tournament.
She finished fourth in 2012 but sustained a wrist injury that ended her 2013 campaign after just one tournament. However, all her hard work in recovery paid off when she won the individual state title at Dub’s Dread Golf Club in Kansas City.
She shot a 79, tying for first, and then birdied the playoff hole to claim the title. Coffeyville’s Anna Pool took second.
“I think that left her hungry in the offseason,” De Soto coach Jack Johnson said. “After her surgery last year in September, she has had her eyes on this, and Dub’s Dread is one of our courses, so this is kind of a storybook ending for her.”
It was the sixth victory of the season, which included a regional title and victory in the Shawnee Mission East Invitational.
Emily Pennington of Piper shot an 83 to finish third.
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