KHS narrows gap in girls golf

Taylor Stephens

Taylor Stephens

KINGMAN - Considering three of the top four scores came from players who just picked up clubs over the summer, the Kingman High girls golf team has put together a fairly respectable season.

Though KHS (2-4, 3-14) finished last in a four-team match Wednesday at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course, it is narrowing the gap its opponents have held over the Bulldogs.

Chandler Hamilton took first with a 201, Peoria Centennial was second at 205, Lake Havasu third at 207 and the Bulldogs came in at 222. Centennial had beaten KHS by 45 strokes when the two teams met Sept. 23, and Havasu was 21 better as recently as Monday.

"I see improvement every match," KHS coach Ken Stalsberg said. "We're still learning the game and time is on our side."

KHS' Haley Moon tied for medalist Tuesday with Tyler Byers of Havasu after they finished with 44s. It was a comeback week for Moon, who shot 49 on Monday.

Moon found herself shooting in the 50s last week, as the Bulldogs' team scoring soared.

At that time, she said it was about her mental approach, and she was going to take the time to work on her game to be ready for the Northwest Region tournament Nov. 2.

"I know with good practice and more coaching, my game would come back," Moon said. "Hopefully, it'll be even better by regionals."

Freshman Taylor Stephens shot a 58, and Visha McCoy and Brianna Peterson both shot 60s Gabby Cunningham shot a non-scoring 65 as well.

KHS ends the region part of its schedule against Sandra Day O'Connor Monday in Phoenix. After that, the Bulldogs have two tournaments on their schedule to get ready for the region tournament.