TOPEKA (KSNT) – The final round of the City Junior Golf Championships began with a stacked leaderboard on both the girls and guys sides.
Two strokes separated the top four girls golfers heading into the final 18 holes.
Defending champion, Rachel Stous, was even par on the back nine, and took a commanding three-stroke lead into the final hole, but then ran into problems.
“I hit about the worst drive I did all day, and it was ground and repair, so I got a free drop,” said Stous, the Topeka High junior. “Then I hit it out of bounds, and I knew I just needed to get it in the hole, and not make a bigger number than I did.”
Stous went on to triple-bogey the hole, which allowed Seaman high school’s Natalie Fish to force a sudden-death playoff after she salvaged a seven-foot putt for par.
In the playoff, (holes 1 and 2 at Cypress Ridge Golf Course), both Stous and Fish pared the first hole. On the par five second, Stous took control.
“Natalie and I both hit a good drive, and we were both in the fairway, and then my length, I managed to get on, and then two putted,” said Stous.
The birdie gave Stous her second-consecutive junior golf championship.
On the guys side, Shawnee Heights Mitchell Lummis trailed Washburn Rural’s Parker Beal by one stroke entering the final round. Lummis fired a 74 and was even par on the back nine to run away with a four-stroke victory.
“On the back, I thought I really played well down the stretch,” said Lummis. “If you can putt, then you can win. It just helps with everything else because you know if you’re not hitting it the best, then you can putt and make up for it. It just really helps to go out on a win, and go out on a high note. This has always been kind of our big one toward the end of the year, always one that you want to win. So it feels really good.”
Final Results: (Two Round Totals)
1. Mitchell Lummis 150
2. Josiah Packard 154 (playoff winner)
3. Parker Beal 154
1. Rachel Stous 164 (playoff winner)
2. Natalie Fish 164
3. Emily Donaldson 167
1. Tate Steele 171
1. Katye Vausbinder 109 (two nine-hole rounds)
1. Gentry Scheve 73 (two nine-hole rounds)
1. Alex Valdivia 91 (two nine-hole rounds)