Girls Golf teams in Kansas City Metro have banner year

Metro high schools thrived in the girls golf state championships. The high school girls golf season recently wrapped up and plenty of teams around Kansas City have a lot to be proud. Here’s a look into the great seasons and championship runs local high school girls golf teams experienced:



St. Thomas Aquinas won the Kansas 5A state championship, but there was something more to the team’s win.

“Winning state is enough motivation, but we had a little extra motivation because our school has been talking about a story where the next team who won a state championship would win the 100th state championship for the school,” coach Ryan Best said.

“The girls all knew and they wanted to be the ones to get that 100th state banner because it adds some extra coolness to it.”

The team brought home the title to hang the special banner. In the state tournament, all six Saints’ golfers scored within the top 25, including sophomore Maggie King placing third and senior Annie Patton placing fifth.

“It was fun to coach them this year for that fact that they were across the board really good and talented golfers,” Best said. “In any given day, anybody who I had playing could have been one of those top four scorers.”

This didn’t happen without any challenges. The Saints came into the year with a lack of experienced varsity golfers.

Five varsity golfers were underclassmen, and even though they’d played in other tournaments outside of school, they lacked state tournament experience.

Patton, the team’s lone senior, played a big role in leading the group of young golfers. Not only did she lead on the course, by pulling 11 strokes ahead of the player she was partnered with in the state tournament, Patton also lead the team emotionally.

“She was a fabulous leader all season long,” Best said. “Annie stepped in and was continually positive all year to help with their confidence and build team spirit.”

The Saints were the only girls golf team in the Metro area.



Through an up-and-down season, Pembroke Hill saved its best for last placing second in the Missouri Class 1 girls golf state tournament.

The season started off with some uncertainty for the Raiders, with only two of their top five golfers returning.

“I knew they were good players. I knew they were good sportswomen and athletic, but I didn’t quite know what to expect,” coach Andrea Wolfe said. “I didn’t know how we would be going into postseason because we hadn’t played my true top five in a tournament together yet.

“As we progressed throughout the year, bonding-wise, best year I’ve ever had. They were such good friends and made it so easy to coach.”

Seniors India Gaume and Grace Parkerson helped the team form a strong, team bond. The two have been friends since their freshman year.

“It’s been a really wonderful dynamic because Grace has been able to learn from India and they were great springboards off each other.” Wolfe said. “They made a commitment to each other and to the team to lead and pump everybody up.”

Gaume and Parkerson really did get the team pumped and ready for the state tournament.

“They all played well at state, all five of them, and I’m so proud of them,” Wolfe said.

Gaume had the lowest score, tying for second place, and Parkerson tied for tenth.

After everything that happened through the season, Wolfe was proud to see the best from her girls in the state tournament.

“They were focused, determined and really wanted it to happen this year, so by having it all click on that day at state was amazing.”



The Lady Jaguars came up eight strokes shy in the Kansas 6A championship and lost the tiebreaker for second place.

“We are very excited with our finish and the girls did really well,” coach Aaron Anderson said.

Blue Valley West came in to the season with big expectations after a fourth-place finish in last year’s state tournament and all five of its top golfers returning. The only thing West needed to do is change the team mindset.

“Our theme was team first, and we have great individual players, but we really wanted to compete for state,” said Anderson.

“We really wanted to try, especially after coming up short at state last year, and refocus and make sure we came in with the idea that ‘team first’ is our motto and that we wanted to compete at the highest level.”

Anderson made sure to set his team up to succeed, putting them in highly-competitive practices and tournaments.

“As you continue to play throughout these tournaments and as you get closer to state, you have to have that grit, that drive, that desire to finish the job and I think that’s exactly what they had,” Anderson said. “The upperclassmen, especially the seniors, lead the way and helped stay focused.”

One senior, Molly Saporito, stood out in the regular season and state tournament.

“It was a good all-around group effort, but was definitely led by Molly and her leadership, as well as her playing ability,” Anderson said. Saporito finished third in the state tournament and was selected first-team all-state.

Although they put up a great team effort and individual efforts, it wasn’t quite enough to win the championship. That doesn’t mean the Lady Jaguars’ season was a disappointment. By the end of the tournament, Anderson said he was very proud of his team and how they finished.

“We were happy where we were at by the finish. Of course you want to win and do the best you can to try and win that trophy, but we were definitely happy for them and what they did.”

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