What Kayla Yeargin wanted to see from her Troup High golf team was all out effort and total concentration.
Yeargin got that and more on Wednesday afternoon as Troup High finished third in the Lady Tiger Par 3 Shootout at The First Tee. The host Lady Tigers carded a team total of 160.
Troup High did compete, and the Lady Tigers outshot the fourth place Lady Grangers. LaGrange High was two shots behind the Troup High girls with a 162 total. Both teams played well in the 18-hole golf tournament.
“Every girl (on our team) lowered her score. We are learning the game and playing smarter. We don’t give up. “We’re making great strides,” said Yeargin, the head coach of the Lady Tigers.
The hometown rivalry was on course. Blakely Arp of LaGrange High and Abby Taylor of the Lady Tigers produced two of the top rounds of the tournament. Arp shot a 72.
“The (golf) course was hard, but I was consistent. I parred No. 1, but I still need to work on my short game,” said Arp, the LHS junior.
Taylor had a good day, too, with a round of 75, which led all of the Troup High players. Taylor parred five holes, including No. 4, No. 5, No. 10, No. 13 and No. 17.
“I hit it off the tee well. I had some distance, and I had a smooth swing,” said Taylor.
Sophomore Caroline Blanks of Troup High finished the invitational with a score of 85. Blanks rolled in a 6-foot putt at the first hole. But she was thinking “team” at the end of the day.
“We did well. Our region (tournament) is coming up, and we want to win,” said Blanks, who parred the fifth hole twice.
The Lady Tigers also got a round of 90 from sophomore Sydney Lindsey.
“I hit some good shots, and I had some pretty far drives. I can drive the ball 200 yards,” said Lindsey.
She can also play the short game. Lindsey tapped in a 10-foot putt on the third hole. Troup High also got a score of 102 from Chandler Pritchett.
LaGrange High made the tour of the golf course, too, with scores of 90 from Claire Alford, and 93 from freshman Emma Strickland and senior Skylar Crowe. Arp also had her scintillating score of 72.
“Blakely (Arp) is solid at No. 1, and she leads our team. Claire is improving her ball striking. We’re getting better. We’re making progress,” said Lady Grangers head coach Thomas Crocker.
LaGrange High only finished four strokes out of the lead through 18 holes. There was a one-hole playoff between Luella and Atlanta Lovett, both of which had team totals of 158 through regulation play.
The Luella Lady Lions won the playoff.
“We played our irons well. We had good luck and confidence,” said Luella head golf coach Jaime Henck.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer