Girls golf takes second in regional, aims high at state

Sarah Kellogg One

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang High School’s girls golf team made it eight years in a row to qualify for the state tournament last week with a fifth-place finish at the regional tournament.

“I am pleased with the girls for qualifying for the state tournament,” Mustang head coach Rod Henning said. “We have now qualified for eight straight years. We played pretty well in the regional, but struggled a little in the windy conditions.”

For the third time this season, the Lady Broncos golf team has competed in a tournament at Kickingbird Golf Club in Edmond. This time it was regional action as the Bronco girls took fifth place overall.

Bishop McGuinness took the top spot in the regional, followed by Edmond Santa Fe coming in at No.2. Edmond Memorial placed third, Stillwater took fourth, Mustang at fifth and Southmoore in sixth place rounding out the teams that qualified for the state tournament.

The state tournament began Wednesday and finishes up today in Ponca City. The five players that are swinging the clubs in the state tournament are Kaylee Neff, Mackenzie Woodward, Lauren Sloan, Sarah Kellogg and Cheyenne Woodward.

Henning said he expects his team to have a strong showing at the state event.

“We are looking forward to the state tournament next weekend in Ponca City,” he said. “I feel like if we play like we are capable of playing, we have a really good chance to finish in the top five in the state when it’s all said and done.”

The individual results from the regional included Neff firing an 80 on the day, earning fourth place overall in the individual competition. Mackenzie Woodward ended her regional round with an 88. Sloan closed out her day with a round of 89. Cheyenne Woodward shot a 100 and Kellogg fired a 102 to round things off for Mustang.

Henning said Neff has been one of the most consistent players he has coached at Mustang.

“Kaylee (Neff) played really well on the back nine to finish in fourth place overall,” he said. “She has been really consistent for us all year. She has played just one bad tournament this season, which is really impressive considering the weather elements we had to play through this year.”

Henning said having a solid state tournament outing would cap off this year in a successful way.

“Hopefully, we can put it all together and have a great state tournament performance,” he said. “If we can do that, it will cap off another successful season in Mustang girls golf.”