Taylor Loeb of Maumelle, a sophomore at Mount St. Mary, finished seventh in the Arkansas High School Overall Golf Championship at Pleasant Valley Country Club last week.
Loeb, 16, shot 88 on the Little Rock course. She had won the Class 7A Girls State Tournament at Lost Springs Country Club in Rogers the previous week to qualify.
"I was really happy I made it to Overall, but I didn’t play as well as I wanted to," Loeb said. "I put way too much pressure on myself from winning state. I wanted to do so good. I put too much pressure on myself for my school and for myself."
The Overall brings together the top three finishers from each state tournament.
Olivia Loiacano of Jonesboro took a decisive win at PVCC with even-par 72. Sarah Childers of Valley View finished second with 77, followed by Peyton Weaver of Bryant, 78; Christian Barrett of Camden Harmony Grove and Brooke Alford of Marion, tied for fourth with 80; Marlena Weatherly of Cabot, 86; and Loeb. Four golfers tied for eighth with 91 in the 21-player field.
While she improved her finish from eighth last year as a freshman, Loeb’s score was two strokes off her 86 from 2012.
She said she would begin working now for 2014.
"It’s going to be cold, but I know I have to work hard to get to where I want to be," she said. "Golf is such a mental game, and I want to learn from this experience.
Kubacak finishes 3rd
Maumelle Sophomore Caleb Kubacak finished the golf season last Thursday by finishing third in the overall state tournament. His 75 was beaten by scores of 71 and 74. Coach Michael Shook said Caleb played really well with a birdie, a bogey, a triple bogey and 15 pars.