Central Arkansas Christian finished runner-up in the Class 4A State Girls Golf Tournament last week at Thunder Bayou in Blytheville.
It was the best finish for the Lady Mustangs in school history.
Valley View placed four golfers among the top six finishers to roll to a 35-stroke win. The Lady Blazers shot 233, followed by CAC’s 268. The rest of the top five included Ozark, 281; Arkansas Baptist, 301; and Heber Springs, 306.
"I’m very proud of how well this group of young girls did this year," CAC coach Max Weiner said. "To finish runner-up in the state tournament with a freshman and three sophomores, two of whom have only been playing golf since March, is a big accomplishment."
Sarah Childress of Valley View earned medalist honors with 68, followed by Taylor Reed of Arkansas Baptist, 79; Darah Merritt of Valley View, 81; freshman Allie Weaver of CAC, 83; Jaden Malone of Valley View, 84; and Peyton Wood of Valley View, 86. Alexa Goodlow of CAC tied for ninth with 91; the Lady Mustangs’ Lauren Horton shot 94 and Cheyenne Butler 113.
"Valley View was super strong," Max Weiner said. "Based on all the other team scores from across the state, regardless of classification, Valley View had the lowest three-person total of 233.
"Sarah Childress, who is committed to Arkansas State, shot four-under, and the other three were all in the 80s. That’s as strong as you can get in high school girls golf, so to finish runner-up to a team like that is nothing to be ashamed of. I’m just glad all four of their players are seniors."
The top three finishers qualified for the Arkansas High School Overall Championship at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock next week.
"I thought Allie and Alexa would have a shot to qualify," Max Weiner said. "Allie missed it by two strokes. She was five-over through (No.) 14 but played the last four holes six-over. She was disappointed, but I told both of them that they are so young and have two or three more years to get there."
He said Horton’s 94 was her lowest round of the year.
"Really, that was the reason we got second," he said. "I’m super excited about the future of girls golf at CAC. It should be a bright one."