EMPORIA — Labette County’s Josie Hayward, making her second appearance at the KSHSAA 4A Girls Golf State Championship as a sophomore, finished 45th over the two-day event at Emporia Golf Course.

Hayward shot 71-over-par with a total score of 213. The Labette County sophomore shot 102 on Monday then 111 on Tuesday.

“Her first day, she had a good day and was really consistent despite the bad weather,” Labette County head coach Tammy Hayward said. “Her second day, she had some really good holes but some really rough holes. There were ups and downs. That’s golf for you, a mental game. She really had to dig deep to bring it back around.” 

For Josie, her season was her first crack at athletics after tearing her ACL last basketball season.

“She tore her ACL during basketball season so to start this year, she was just getting back into things,” Coach Hayward said. “Now she has plans to play summer golf. I’m looking for her to improve. This was her second time at state and she was more competitive this year.” 

Wellington’s Payton Ginter won the individual state title with a score fo 158, 16-over-par, through two days. Winfield won the team state title with 738 strokes as a team to edge out second place Wamego, which notched 744.

Josie was the only golfer from Labette County to qualify for state.

“We hope to keep building the program,” Hayward said. “We had a couple girls a few strokes away from making the cut. They took fewer golfers to state.” 

Going into her junior campaign next fall, Tammy hopes Josie can be a more steady golfer.

“It’s just consistency with her,” Hayward said. “She can go from birdie to double bogey. So being more consistent would help her tremendously.” 

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