Fayette County’s golf teams continue to swing with the state’s best. The Starr’s Mill girls won their third-straight championship, while the Panther boys came in second among local highlights.
On the girls side, the Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers defended their crown again with a total score of 482. McIntosh finished 3rd with a total of 558.
After shooting 248 in round one, the Panthers fired off a school-record 234 on day two to rout second-place Veterans by a whopping 30 strokes. The championship marks the first team in any sport in the county to three-peat.
“The girls played great, especially on the second day,” said Starr’s Mill golf coach Burt Waller. “We were a little sluggish out of the gate on day one, but we knew how we were capable of playing on day two and we went out and executed.”
Starr’s MIll’s Liza Eubanks finished as the individual runner-up at +11, with Mailey Buzzell of Veterans the champion at +8. Starr’s Mill also got top-ten finishes from Julia Schafhauser (4th), Ellie Camp (tied for 7th), and Mary Hunter (9th). McIntosh’s Claire Walker finished 6th.
“I believe this is the first high school sports team in Fayette County history to win three consecutive state championships, and a lot of that has to do with our three seniors, Liza Eubanks (a Rollins College signee), Mary Hunter, and Ellie Camp,” said Waller. “These girls have been rock solid for the last four years, and our program is grateful for their work and the legacy they leave behind. They will certainly be missed.”
On the boys side, Starr’s Mill finished as runner-up with a score of 587, 12 strokes behind Ola. McIntosh finished 5th with 618.
The Panthers improved on day two, but it wasn’t enough to catch the red-hot Mustangs.
“The boys finished second to a very good Ola team. We played pretty well on day one, but we knew we left a lot of shots out on the course and finished day one 13 strokes down. I told them if we go out and play well, we can come back, and we did play well, but so did Ola,” said Waller. “They are very talented and played very well. You have to tip your cap to them. They earned it.”
Starr’s Mill George Langham was the top finisher locally, finishing tied for second at -1, with Ola’s Jarod Edwards the individual champ at -7. Starr’s Mill also got top-ten finishes from Luke Phillips in 5th and Mason Mayfield in 9th. McIntosh’s high finisher was Jack Savoie in a tie for 10th place. Whitewater’s Cole Hayne finished in a tie for 53rd.
The Panthers have the ammunition to return to the top next year.
“We lose one senior, Mason Mayfield, who we will miss very much, but we return the other 15 players from this year’s team next season,” said Waller. “We will have a lot of experience and a lot of talent to make another run next year.”
The stellar showing at the state tournament was a fantastic finish to an all-around dominant year for the school.
“I could not be prouder of these young men and women. They worked so hard all year and it showed this week,” said Waller. “Their performances sealed the Directors Cup (given to the high school with the best overall athletic department) for the second consecutive year and four out of the last five years. It was a great way to end the year.”