Lancer golf wins Free State Invitational

Jessica Parker drive on 13
Shawnee Mission East senior Jessica Parker tees off on the par 4, 13th on Monday at Lawrence Country Club. Parker carded an 11-over, 81, good for fifth place.


Lawrence Free State Invitational

1. Shawnee Mission East, 335
2. Washburn Rural, 351
3. St. James, 357
4. Olathe Northwest, 368
5. St. Thomas Aquinas, 368
15. Bishop Miege, 467

T2. Haley Bell, SME, 80
5. Jessica Parker, SME, 81
6. Teagan Noblit, SME, 83
T15. Riley Ricket, SME, 91
T17. Marti Fromm, SME, 92
T17. Rebecca Sheridan, SME, 92
T54. Carolyn Robinson, Miege, 107
56. Skyler Spear, Miege, 108
69. Harper Thompson, Miege, 116
93. Barrett Pearson, Miege, 136
96. Emerson Wingate, Miege, 146[/pullquote]

The Shawnee Mission East girls golf team was up for the challenge of Lawrence Country Club on Monday afternoon.

The Lancers took top honors in the 18-team field led by seniors Haley Bell, Jessica Parker and Teagan Noblit.

Parker, who teed off with the first group on No. 1 with Washburn Rural’s Abby Glynn and Blue Valley West’s Molly Saporito — both team’s top players — wasn’t happy with her round of 81 (+11) despite finishing fifth overall.

“I felt like I didn’t play that bad, I just had a few holes that really hurt me,” Parker said. “I’ve been working really hard all summer and this golf season and I’d like to be lower than that.”

Parker would like to be in the 70s and said playing with Glynn and Saporito help push her because of the competition.

She added her short game needs to improve and head coach Ermanno Ritschl agrees.

“It’s the little things — the preparation to the tournament, those kind of things come into play,” Ritschl said. “Concentrating on the little things like chipping and putting. I think that’s the difference. If you can get the chipping and putting down somewhat reasonable, you’re not taking three putts two or three times, then you have a better chance of scoring a little lower.”

Bell carded a 10-over, 80, while Noblit scored a 13-over, 83. Senior Riley Ricket rounded out the scoring with a 91.

Ritschl said Bell, the team’s No. 4 golfer, has been consistently around 80. She’ll be an important piece come regionals next Monday and state the following week.

He needs junior Marti Fromm, who played in the No. 2 spot on Monday, to score lower as she’s struggled the past two weeks.

Regardless, Ritschl was pleased with the team result because his girls thought they shot poorly, but forgot the field wasn’t doing any better.

“It’s certainly a moral booster,” he said. “We’ve got some momentum now knowing we can beat Washburn Rural and Blue Valley West. We knew it before, but it’s nice to see it at the end of the season. We’re going in with a little bit more confidence.”

The Lancers finish the regular season tomorrow with the final leg of Sunflower League play.

They currently hold a 65-shot lead with their six players occupying six of the top eight spots.