By CONOR NICHOLL
Pittsburg St. Mary’s Colgan won its second straight Class 3-2-1A state girls’ golf championship. Colgan was tied with Colby after the first day of competition. On the second round, the Panthers were 19 strokes better than Colby.
Overall, Colgan posted a 357-348 for 705 shots on the Hesston golf course. Colby took second with a 724 when it shot 357 and 367. Thomas More Prep-Marian was third at 785. Caney Valley was fourth in 786, with Silver Lake fifth and Cimarron sixth.
Colgan junior Ali Scripsick took third with a 160. Junior Greta Ison was sixth with a 176. Freshman Molly Swezey delivered a 183 for ninth place. Junior Audrey Goetting took 11th at 186.
Freshman Ava Scripsick shot a 194 for another all-state showing at 20th. Junior Zoey Smith shot a 202.
In the first round, Scripsick shot a 77, which was tied for second. She was one of four girls in the entire field that broke 80 in either the first or the second round. Multiple Panthers showed big improvements on Day 2.
Ison was 10 shots better with an 83. Goetting improved by 12 shots. Ava Scripsick was four shots better, Smith two. Coach Kim Scripsick has led Colgan in each of the two years.
Last year, Colgan shot a 713, 22 shots better than Colby. Cimarron was third in 779. Ali Scripsick was third, and Ison finished fifth. Colgan notably graduated Riley Root, who was fourth at state, and Brenn Beykirch, who took ninth. Colgan golf has been in existence just three years.