EAST LANSNG – The Lansing Catholic girls golf team got some younger players experience at the state level on Saturday in the final round of the Division 4 state championship.
The Cougars also saw their top player finish out her career.
Lansing Catholic finished their state tournament at Forest Akers West on the campus of Michigan State University in eighth place with the same team score they shot on Friday in the first round – 395.
Senior Abigail Meder improved two strokes from a first round 82 with a final round 80 to finish fifth individually.
“I really enjoyed today and I loved being here with my team and being able to compete and it really meant a lot to me that we were all out here and that I was able to shoot well on my last tournament day,” Meder said. “It’s kind of sad, but I’m also happy. (A high finish individually) was in the back of my mind but I was thinking more about trying to do my best since it was my last round.”
Meder had a quadruple bogey eight on a relatively short par four midway through her round, but she was able to balance it out with birdies on the third, seventh and eighth holes. She also closed out her round with a birdie on the par-5 13th after starting via shotgun on the 14th.
“I was able to come back,” Meder said.
“She made the turn and she got in that groove and it was a good place to watch her working through those last few holes,” Lansing Catholic coach Kim Johnson said of following Meder’s play during the action.
Keighen Morley carded a 100 on Saturday for the Cougars while Grace Castle shot a 103.
Erin Murphy, who was inserted into the lineup for Saturday’s round, finished with a 112. Castle was in position for a top 10 finish individually after an 87 in the opening round.
“We have three seniors and two younger players – a sophomore and a freshman who played, so we’re excited for next year,” Johnson said. “It’s great for them to get the experience. We have three players here who have never been to states before so to just be around this is a great experience.”
Macomb Lutheran North was the only team to finish under 700 total strokes and won the state title by 36 strokes. Livonia Ladywood was second and Kalamazoo Hackett came in third.
Competing as an individual, Olivet’s Logan McLane improved 10 shots from Friday’s round with a 94 on Saturday to finish with a two-day total of 198.
In Division 1 at Forest Akers East, Grand Ledge’s Kaylee Hirschman shot a second round 88 on Saturday to finish with a two-day total of 177 after an 89 on Friday.