DODGE CITY—Allison Neeland shot two rounds of 48 for a final score of 96 at Thursday’s Dodge City Invite missing a top ten finish by just one shot.
Thursday’s tournament was the second in as many days for the Panthers. It was also the first 18-hole tournament of the season for Great Bend.
As a team the Panthers scored 426 out of 12 teams in competition. Garden City was the top finisher with a score of 375 while Eisenhower placed runner up at 377.
“This was the first overall 18 hole tournament for all but two of our girls,” said coach Travis McAtee. “Many of the girls are learning what it means to be in ‘18-hole’ golf shape.”
Taylor Hommertzheim fired a 52 in the first round and scored 56 on the back nine to finish at 108. Halley Sanders was a stroke behind scoring at 109 while Mikayla Bownes, Kaily Griffith and Carly Dreiling shot 113, 123 and 132 respectively after 18 holes.
Brooklyn Burkhart shot a 60-66 for a 126 on the JV side.
“Most of our nine hole scores were higher on the back nine which was likely from some fatigue showing up,” McAtee said. “Overall I was pleased with our efforts, even though some areas of weakness are still evident that we can be working on.”
Other highlights for Great Bend included two birdies, one made on a 50 ft. putt by Neeland on the par four, seventh hole. Hommertzheim made a chip in on the par four, ninth hole.
Next action for Great Bend will be Monday, September 14 at Garden City.