Girls golf off to hot start after first week

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang senior golfer Kaylee Neff took first place in the opening tournament of the season for the Lady Broncos golf team, shooting a 71 at the Southmoore Invitational.

The Bronco girls golf team started regular season play March 25 at Westwood Golf Club in Norman in the Southmoore tournament.

Mustang finished the tournament with a second-place finish out of 13 teams at the event. The top five schools were Edmond Santa Fe, Mustang, Stillwatter, Southmoore and Westmoore.

Neff took first place overall in the individual competition with a 71. Senior Mackenzie Woodward shot an 84, which was good enough for eighth place overall. Sophomore Lauren Sloan shot an 87. Sophomore Cheyenne Woodward shot a 99, while sophomore Sarah Kellogg also fired a 99 on the day.

“The first tournament at Westwood was a good way to start the season,” Mustang head coach Rod Henning said. “I was really proud of Kaylee starting off the year shooting an even par 71 to win the tournament by two strokes. She is capable of playing that way every time she tees it up.

“Overall, the team placing second was a good way to start and shooting a 341 was not bad. I was hoping to be around 330, but we gave away too many short game shots.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to Jenks on March 27 to compete in the Jenks Invitational at South Lakes Golf Club.

Mustang took sixth place out of 22 teams at the event. The top five finishers were Tulsa Union, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Edmond Santa Fe and Bixby.

Neff finished the day with an 86 on her scorecard, which put her in 20th place overall. Mackenzie Woodward shot an 87, which was good enough for 24th. Sloan fired a 94. Cheyenne Woodward put up a 96 and Kellogg closed her round with a 99.

“The Jenks tournament was a tough day,” Henning said. “It is the best field every year, and the wind was gusting to 30 to 40 mph throughout the day. Our ball-striking was good all day, especially considering the wind, but once again we gave away too many shots around the greens. I was disappointed in shooting a 362 as a team and placing sixth. I just think we are better than that.”

Henning said his team needs to focus more on putting and chipping in practice, but the good news is their ball-striking is solid.

“I think we are capable of shooting some really good scores,” he said. “I have high expectations for this team and think we can do some great things this season if we work hard the next four weeks. We just need to improve every day and be playing our best at the end of the year.”