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Mollie Blair wanted to finish in the top 50 in her final Class 1 state golf tournament. The Richmond senior, playing in her third state tournament, accomplished that when she ended the two-day event at Fremont Hills Country Club with 202, which put her in 46th place – 21 spots ahead of her previous best.
Blair followed her 97 in the first round with a 105 on Tuesday on a day where a number of players also carded higher rounds. Richmond Golf Coach Murray Dennis was pleased with Blair’s performance.
“She competed well and handled herself well throughout the tournament,” he said. “I thought the key to her rounds was her putting. She putted extremely well both days, which saved her some strokes. I think she maybe had one or two three-putts the entire two days, which is outstanding on those greens.”
Dennis added he was glad his lone senior could end her career with a good state tournament.
“She has had a very good high school career and I’m very happy she was able to cap it off with another trip to the state tournament,” he said. “I appreciate her hard work, her willingness to listen and learn to a “new” coach her senior season. We’re going to miss her game and her leadership next fall.”
Both Lawson golfers ended in the top 100 with Donna Galman improving her first-day total by 12 shots with 102 for a two-day total of 216, to finish at No. 71. Shelby Malott ended up in 76th as she also shaved 9 strokes off her first round with 105 for a final total of 219.
Savannah’s Kate Gallagher failed to repeat her 2007 individual title as she finished behind last year’s runner-up Sky Seo of MICDS. Gallagher closed out the tournament with 80 after shooting a 2-over par 72 on Monday for a two-day total of 153, while Seo also stumbled in the second round with 76, after a 68 the previous day, but it was still 9 shots ahead.
Pembroke Hill’s string of five team titles came to an end as the Raiders finished in fourth place. Visitation Academy won the Class 1 championship with 684, and Savannah was second with 739.