Platte County took home a second straight Suburban Conference Blue Division plaque but not in a way the players and coaches expected.
Weather intervened Monday, Sept. 18 at Paradise Point Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo., forcing players off the course in the middle of the round. Coaches eventually voted to cancel the remainder of the Suburban Conference Blue Division Championships and use projected scores on unplayed holes to determine the placements.
Platte County ended up with a 398 and beat Kearney by 38 projected strokes for the second conference title in program history.
“In the end, it worked out for us, but not the way that we wanted to bring home our second conference title,” Platte County coach Trevor Short said. “We are excited that we accomplished one of our goals for the season and hope to continue the success into the district tournament.”
Most players had completed between seven and nine holes when the delay started.
At the cancelation, scores were determined by adding up the scores for each hole played and dividing by the total par for those holes. The average was then multiplied by 72 to produce the score used.
Platte County junior Kasydie Shipp took the individual conference title after finishing second a year ago. Jessalyn Shipp, also a junior, ended up with a 93 and was runner-up to her twin sister after finishing third in 2016.
Taylor Holbrook (fifth, 106) and McKennah Houlahan (sixth, 107) rounded out Platte County’s team score.
The Class 2 District 8 Tournament will be Monday, Sept. 25 at Cardinal Hill Golf Course in Liberty, Mo.
Suburban Conference Red Division Championships
Park Hill South needed a tiebreaker to take home the team title with projected scores used Monday, Sept. 18 also at Paradise Point Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo.
After the same weather delay, coaches made the same decision. Park Hill South and Liberty North ended up tied at 381 with the fifth golfer’s score used to determine the winner.
Park Hill South ended up with four in the top five and all five in the top 11 with senior Kate Eischens’ 103 giving the Panthers the crown.
Sadie Franklin — a returning Class 2 Missouri State Golf Championships qualifier — led Park Hill South with an 86, good for fourth place. Annie McFee shot a 95 and tied for fifth with Olivia Siebert (seventh, 98) and Maddie Hill (eighth, 102) right behind for the Panthers.
Eischens’ score was part of a four-way tie for ninth.
Suburban Conference Gold Division Championships
Park Hill ended up with two all-conference performers Monday, Sept. 18 at Paradise Point Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo.
Kelbey Emerson placed 10th, while Ishika Akula was one spot back in 11th for the first honorable mention spot. Team scores were not used with Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit to determine the Gold Division champion next week at districts.
Smithville 186, Platte County 188, North Kansas City 226
The Warriors edged their way to the win in a tight matchup between rivals during a triangular Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Shiloh Springs Golf Course.
Jessalyn Shipp recovered from a tough round the day before in a large tournament to lead Platte County with a 40. Kasydie Shipp followed with a 41, but Smithville did just enough to win the matchup.
However, Holbrook (53) and Abby White (54) rounded out Platte County’s team score — lowest in a dual this season.
“It was a close battle with one of our biggest rivals tonight,” Short said. “We played hard and just came up a little short on getting another notch in the win column. The ladies are starting to put things together as a team.”
Park Hill South Quad
Park Hill South finished second behind medalist Franklin on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at The Deuce in Parkville, Mo. She shot a 5-over 40 to win by two strokes, and Hill followed with a 47, while McFee and Eischens carded matching 48s to round out the team score.
Liberty finished first with a 179, while Park Hill South had a 183.
Park Hill 195, Shawnee Mission Northwest 208
Tessa Poolman won a scorecard playoff to take medalist honors in the Trojans’ victory Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Tiffany Greens Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo.
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s No. 1 golfer plus Poolman and Emerson all shot 46s in the dual. Poolman was the winner out of the three, while Akula added a 51 to help Park Hill hold on for the victory.
Tom Stout Invitational
Park Hill South bunched three in the top 10 to finish second in the team standings Tuesday, Sept. 12 on the Posse Course in Smithville, Mo.
McFee led the way for Park Hill South with an 87 to place fourth, one shot in front of Kasydie Shipp. The Panthers also had Franklin and Hill in a three-way tie for ninth at 90.
Platte County struggled in its preview of the Blue Division championships course. Kasydie Shipp grabbed a medal, but the Pirates shot a 420 to finish fifth.
Park Hill ended up seventh with a 428. Emerson came in just outside the top 10 with a 92, two shots in front of Park Hill South’s Eischens.