Girls Golf

Madeline Herman and Grace Hansen pose in front of the state championship sign.

Brain Beach, Staff Writer

The Olathe North girls’ golf team has not sent anyone to the state golf tournament in over a dozen years, but this year’s team managed to send not one, but two girls to Salina to represent the Eagles on Kansas golf ’s biggest stage.

Madeline Herman and Grace Hansen both qualified out of the Gardner-Edgerton regional to join 89 others at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on October 16th. Herman finished 66th and Hansen placed 82nd in the talented field.

For Herman, making the state tournament was an expectation, but according to Hansen, getting to state was, “Definitely more of a surprise, but a pleasant surprise.”

It certainly helped that Hansen got to qualify by playing on her favorite course, Prairie Highlands. At the regional tournament, Hansen finished 13th with 106 strokes, while Herman placed 18th in 116 strokes. As a team, the Eagles placed 5th in the regional tournament, thanks to other performances by Trinity Mozingo and Kinley Prichard.

The girls golf team is still small, but the eleven golfers this year is an increase from the ten members last year, and If you are considering joining the golf team next year, Herman suggests that you come out.

“Anyone can join. Even if you’ve never played before we have all the supplies even if you don’t have clubs,” Herman says.

Hansen also points out the fact that golf is a lifetime sport and that there are scholarship opportunities for good players.

After their best season in fifteen years, the girl’s golf team is ready to continue their success into the future. And, if you’re considering joining the team, in the words of head coach Richard Sula, “Come on out. It’s a great time!”