Lady Highlanders take second at state golf championship

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Holding their trophy after earning second place at the state tournament were, from the left, Lady Highlanders Laura Winters, Emily Payne, Sarah Winters, and Colleen Boardman. Photo submitted

On Sept. 29, the Eureka Springs girls high school golf team made the long trip down to Conway for their second state tournament as a team.

The course they played was The Greens at Nutters Chapel. Though the course was only 3,800 yards long, it had tight fairways, tricky hole placements, lots of hazards and plenty of chances to hit out of bounds. Needless to say, it wasn't going to be any walk in the park.

The tournament began at 9:30 a.m. on a crisp and promising day. It was a shotgun start for the long 18-hole tournament. As the day rolled on, the heat began creeping its way in. The back nine was slow and hot.

As the groups slowly made their way in and the scores went up, the team winner was clear. St. Joseph, the state champions for the past three years, had done it again. State runner-up however, was still up for grabs. When all the groups had finally come in, there was a clear winner of the second spot: Eureka Springs.

Eureka's initial goal was to place fifth. They surpassed their goal and were thrilled. Laura Winters shot a 91, Sarah Winters shot a 106, Colleen Boardman shot a 112, and Emily Payne shot a 115.

Both Sarah and Laura made all-state, and Laura missed going into a play-off for the Meet of Champs by one stroke.

This was senior Emily Payne's last tournament in high school. The girls played their hardest and gave Emily the best high school career end possible.

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