In its short history as a program, the Mount Vernon girls’ golf team has made a habit of reaching the state tournament.
It added another trophy to the collection following a fourth-place finish at the Class 1 state tournament Tuesday at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.
It was the second straight year Mount Vernon has come away with fourth.
“We set our sights high for second or third,” Mount Vernon coach Leah Clark said. “We’re OK with fourth. We’ll chalk it up as a learning experience.”
The Mountaineers shot 785 as a team in the two-day tournament, shaving 15 strokes off in the second round. They were 32 shots behind Sacred Heart, which finished in third.
Westminster Christian won its second consecutive team title, finishing with a 669 total. Villa Duchesne was a distant second, shooting 721.
Westminster’s Brooke Cusumano won her second straight individual title with rounds of 75 and 79. She beat out teammate Jordan Wolf by three strokes.
Ashley Childers was Mount Vernon’s top finisher, in 10th place. She followed up Monday’s 86 with an 87 during a second round where winds gusted to more than 25 mph, making conditions more than a little tough.
“Coming up the 18th hole, I had to go two clubs up to be able to get there,” Childers said. “That back nine was really long with the wind.”
Rogersville’s Lyndsey Standage shot a 92 in her second round to finish in 16th with a two-day total of 178. She was just one stroke from being a medalist. Buffalo’s Taylor Abraham finished in 25th with a two-day total of 184.
“I struggled through all the different factors, but I made it out with an OK score,” Standage said.
Clark said some issues arose because the course played longer than they were used to.
At the state tournament, the individuatee off from the white tees instead of the reds.
“Even on our nine-hole course, we’re going to move this group back to play the white (tees),” Clark said.
Mount Vernon will return all five golfers next year and will try once again to break into the top two or three.
“These girls are young. They’re excited. They’re not going to stop working on it,” Clark said.