St. Joseph’s girls won their fifth straight state golf championship Wednesday, this time in familiar surroundings.
The Lady Bulldogs combined for a 289 total on a brilliant day at The Greens at Nutters Chapel, besting second-place Eureka Springs by 20 strokes for the Class 2A girls title.
Heather Moix fired an 85 to claim silver medalist honors and qualify for the Overall champoionship at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock on Oct. 14.
Jennifer Hegeman won a playoff with Peyton Stafford of Horatio for the final spot in the Overall tournament, parring the first playoff hole to a bogey by Stafford.
The girls did a great job to once again win a state championship," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier, whose team hosted the tournament on one of Arkansas’ newest courses. "I was very proud of their efforts on the course today. To win another state championship is great. The girls really wanted to win and have played great all season.
"What a way to finish the season!"
Parkers Chapel was third at 336, followed by Hartford, 341; Buffalo Island Central, 345; Spring Hill, 357; Salem, 359; Hzen, 430; Danville, 440; and Bradford, 499.
Georgie Songsantiphap of Western Yell Country fired an 84 to earn medalist honors by one stroke over Moix.
Other St. Joseph scores were Jennifer Hegman, 89; and Hannah Rehm, 114.
"These girls play a lot of golf during the summer and all year and it shows," Kordsmeier said. "We play against some good competition during the season. Our girls are used to winning and take a lot of pride in that."