The Shipp sisters posted their usual reliable scores, but all five of Platte County’s players came up with a consistent round to capture the first Suburban Conference Blue Division title in program history.
Playing at Shiloh Springs Golf Course, Kasydie Shipp, Jessalyn Shipp and McKennah Houlahan made the all-conference list for the Pirates on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Blue Division championships, which turned into a two-team race. Platte County finished with a team total of 405 and unseated Kearney for title by just four strokes.
Belton finished third with a 452.
Kasydie Shipp shot a 15-over 86 to finish second behind Kearney’s Anna Zech (83), while Jessalyn Shipp took third with an 88. Kearney took three of the top five spots, but Houlahan’s 113 and a pair of 118s for Taylor Holbrook and Abby White helped make the difference, earning them honorable mention All-Blue Division honors.
Jessalyn Shipp finished 12 shots ahead of fourth-place Kaiya Cozad of Kearney, and her teammate Larissa Laderach was another 11 shots back in fifth.
Just less than three weeks earlier, Platte County fired a team 415 on the same course during the Pirate Invitational, finishing fifth. The Pirates shaved 10 strokes off that effort with the Shipps combining to shoot 14 strokes lower.
The result ended up being the first conference title in the 20-year history of the girls golf program at Platte County.
Suburban Conference Red Division Championships
Park Hill South ended up third in a crowded top four Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Winterstone Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo.
Liberty easily won the title with four golfers in the top five and five in the top 10. Liberty North’s Layke Graybill came in second overall with an 11-over 83 to lead the Eagles to second.
Park Hill South’s Miranda Steczak and Sadie Franklin shot matching 88s to tie for sixth and earn All-Red Division honors. Grace Cunningham and Izzy Nitzel tied for 15th with 102s and were both honorable mention all-conference honorees.
Park Hill South shot a 374 and ended up five strokes back of Liberty North.
Platte County 212, North Kansas City 260
Jessalyn Shipp topped the field Thursday, Sept. 15 at Shiloh Springs Golf Course with a 45, leading the Pirates for a second straight dual. Kasydie Shipp was three strokes back with a 48, while Holbrook put up a 58.
Smithville 184, Platte County 212
Jessalyn Shipp earned co-medalist honors with an 8-over 44 on Wednesday, Sept. 14 on the Posse Course at Paradise Point Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo. Kasydie Shipp finished two strokes back with a 46.
“We knew going into this match that it was going to be tough to beat Smithville,” Platte County coach Trevor Short said. “They are a good team that has been very successful this year. The Shipp sisters played well and stayed right with Smithville’s 1 and 2 players.”
Liberty 168, Park Hill South 188, Liberty North 194, St. Joseph Central 203
The Panthers bunched up their top four to finish second out of four teams Wednesday, Sept. 14 at The Deuce in Parkville, Mo.
Steczak led Park Hill with a 7-over 42 — third overall out of 20 golfers — while Cunningham shot a 45 out of the No. 3 spot. The Panthers’ counting scores were between 42 and 51, allowing them to edge Liberty North for the runner-up spot.
Park Hill 190, Staley 198
The Trojans held on for the win Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Staley Farms Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. behind Sam Paulak’s 39 — good for medalist honors in the dual with Staley.