Dodge City's Alyssa Vasquez and Christina Clark claimed spots in the Class 6A girls golf tournament after claiming two of the five individual spots of the regional match Monday afternoon at Mariah Hills Golf Course.
Vasquez led the Lady Demons on the day with a 102 and the first individual state qualifying spot, while Clark shot 106 to take the fifth and final spot as the windy conditions made the challenging golf course even more daunting.
"I am pretty surprised I made it to state," Vasquez said. "It was something I was working on this year. My goal for state is to get lower than 102, maybe in the 90s."
Clark said about her state qualification: "I'm OK that I made it to state. The wind made it harder, but it was just another obstacle."
Other scores for the Dodge City golfers include Whitney Winter (112), Brandy Burns (116), Logan Gleason (123) and Chelsie Hall (144).
DCHS head coach Jim Mapel said the scores of both players, as well as the whole team, shows how much the Lady Demons have improved since the beginning of the season two months ago.
"They took a big step forward," Mapel said. "I'm very proud of all of them. Playing in their first regional, to have Alyssa and Christina qualify for state is just great. Alyssa has really been playing well the last two or three weeks and Christina's progression has been very good. I think their score in the regional is the best they have shot all year, and it was difficult today with the breeze blowing."
Maize won the team title after shooting a 352 on the day, four shots better than runner-up Garden City. Wichita Northwest was the third team to qualify to the state tournament by shooting a 401. Garden City's Abbi Shaddix won the individual title by shooting a 79, two shots better than Maize's Taelyn Entriken. Abbey Campbell of Garden City was third with an 82, and Lizzie Hurley of Maize was fourth at 85.