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Golfers qualify for state

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

The Decatur girls golf team finished third out of 18 teams in Wednesday’s medalist tournament and followed on Thursday with three golfers qualifying for the state tournament.

Decatur senior Katie Street finished third overall, with juniors Cailin Magruder coming in sixth and Julie Eubanks 13th to qualify with solid performances.

Jefferson’s Brandon Brown returns to state after finishing 12th in the boys tournament. He shot a 77-73-150.

Curtis junior Evan Hreha won the boys tournament with a 137. Heather Olmstead of Rogers led the girls with a 152.

“With Katie and Cailin playing really strong and Julie coming along, that gives a shot to get top four at state,” Decatur coach Rick Dennison said.

Street shot 77-82-159. It’s the third time Street has qualified for state.

“I had a quadruple bogey on one hole, but other than that I played fine and I’m happy with how I played,” Street said. “The girl who won shot a 76 both days. That’s hard to compete with.”

Magruder, who shot 82-84-166, was also happy.

“I played just about exactly how I was hoping to,” Magruder said. “My goal for myself was 165, so I wasn’t too far off.”

Eubanks shot 85-95-180.

Magruder qualified for the state tournament last season, but missed the cut for the second round by only two strokes.

“So I really just want to play the second day,” Magruder said. “I think we have a chance to do really well at state.”

The state tournament is not until May because some high schools in the state don’t have their golf seasons until the spring.

“A lot of the teams come in right off their season, so they’re tournament-ready and we have to get geared up again in May,” Dennison said. “That’s definitely a disadvantage. Julie plays tennis and Katie plays softball, so there’s also a conflict of tournaments.”

Notes

• The Decatur girls were academic district champions with a team grade point average of 3.78.

“That’s a nice little victory for the girls,” Dennison said. “We have a good shot at being academic state champion, as well.”

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