2019's Top Sports Stories, No. 3: Ross wins state golf championship

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Katelyn Ross didn’t feel as if she played especially well during the Class 2A girls state golf championships on Sept. 30 at Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend.

In fact, the Eureka Spring senior said she planned to leave almost as soon as she finished her round. Instead, after being told she was leading the tournament, she decided to stick around. It turned out to be a good call, as Ross wound up winning the state championship by six strokes.

Ross’ state title is Carroll County’s No. 3 sports story of 2019.

“I cried,” Ross said a couple of days after the tournament. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I’m still in shock. I’m just elated.”

Ross was competing in her fourth consecutive state tournament. She finished third in the 2017 tournament as a sophomore. But she said her previous experience really didn’t come into play at Turkey Mountain.

“This course was so much different than all the courses I’d played on before in the state tournament,” she said.

The tournament began about 9 a.m. and the last group didn’t finish until around 5:30 p.m. Ross said she finished her round an hour and a half to two hours before the final group came in. During the round she said she had resigned herself to falling a few strokes short of a championship.

“I started off pretty good, and then things slowly worsened,” she said. “I figured, this is my senior year and I’ve had a good run.”

It was a good run, indeed — complete with a state championship.

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