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Seaman girls roll to first-ever league golf championship by 51 strokes

 By RICK PETERSON

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- History. Seaman's girls golf team captured its first-ever league team championship Tuesday at Dub's Dread Golf Club and accomplished that long-awaited feat in dominating fashion, marking its first appearance in the United Kansas Conference tournament with a 51-stroke victory while putting four players in the top five individually.

Fds7hHQWIAE67qGSeaman's girls golf team won its first-ever league team title on Tuesday, winning the United Kansas Conference crown by 51 strokes. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

FdteBrtX0AALKsiSeaman senior Lois Deeter makes an approach shot in Tuesday's United Kansas Conference tournament. Deeter shot an 85 to take a seven-shot individual win. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Fdtc4o WIAM2XhKSeaman sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman shot a 92 Tuesday to finish second in the United Kansas Conference tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Seaman senior star Lois Deeter and sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman went one-two in the individual standings while sophomore Anna McLaughlin placed fourth and junior Avery Samuelson fifth.

"I'm thrilled for them,'' Seaman coach Julie McLaughlin said. "I thought we had a pretty good chance but we had to come out and play the game and see what would happen.

"It was a tough course, a great challenge, and the girls hung in there and they kept at it and they got it done.''

Deeter made a little history of her own, earning her second league championship in two different leagues in the only two league meets of her career. Tuesday's win followed Deeter's Centennial League title as a freshman in 2019.

Deeter didn't have one of her best days, but still shot an 85 to win by seven strokes over teammate Zimmerman, who carded a 92.

"I hadn't ever played this golf course,'' Deeter said. "It is tough. There's a lot of blind shots and I had no idea where I was going and there's a couple of holes where I found out that' not where the hole is.''

Deeter has two more regular-season tournaments remaining, including a return trip to Kansas City on Wednesday to play at Sunflower Hills, and said she'll use that time to get ready for Class 5A postseason.

"Hopefully I'll get my bad tournaments out of the way,'' Deeter said.

Fourth-place McLaughlin shot a 96 on Tuesday while Samuelson was right behind in fifth with a 97. 

Shawnee Heights tied De Soto for third at 433, led by junior Jaccyn Bugg, who tied for ninth and finished 10th in a scorecard playoff with a 102.

FdtdWVZWAAEjvweTopeka West sophomore Alex Baxter shot a personal-record 95 to finish third in the United Kansas Conference golf tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Topeka West finished sixth as a team, but got a breakout performance from sophomore Alex Baxter.

Baxter shot a personal-record 95 to post a third-place individual finish.

UNITED KANSAS CONFERENCE GOLF TOURNAMENT

At Dub's Dread

Team scores

 Seaman 370, Piper 421, De Soto 433, Shawnee Heights 433, Basehor-Linwood 470, Topeka West 477, Turner 486. 

Individual results

1. Deeter, Seaman, 85; 2. Zimmerman, Seaman, 92; 3. Baxter, Topeka West, 95; 4. McLaughlin, Seaman, 96; 5. Samuelson, Seaman, 97; 6.; 7. Williams, De Soto, 101 (won scorecard playoff); 8. Kirwan, Piper, 101; 9. Vest, Piper, 102 (won scorecard playoff); 10. Bugg, Shawnee Heights, 102.

Other Seaman -- Adams 114, Thomas 116.

Other Shawnee Heights -- Showalter 109, Bowman 110, Blair 112, Donaldson 117. 

Other Topeka West -- Thurman 123, Schimmel 128, Kolean 131.