Blythewood’s girls golf team enjoyed its best season yet in 2008, winning its first region championship and finishing in a fifth-place tie at the Class 4A state meet in its first year on the big-school scene.
“I’m very pleased (with the season),” said Bengals coach Bucky Ware. “We pretty much achieved all of our goals with a young team. I guess it’s safe to say out expectations will be a little higher next year.”
Blythewood posted a 13-2 match record during the regular season before turning in high-level performances at the region and state finals. The Bengals beat Spring Valley 349-358 to claim the Region 4-4A championship, then scored 714 at state to share fifth place with Byrnes.
“Our goal was to shot 710 at state, and we weren’t too far off,” said Ware.
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Eight-grader Kelsey Badmaev had a great stretch run as Blythewood’s No. 1 player. Badmaev set three school single-round, 18-hole records in the final rounds of the season, starting with a 76 at the region championship meet, followed by a 75 in the first round at state and a 74 in the second round. She tore up the back nine on the second day with four birdies after shooting 42 on the front nine.
“Kelsey was out No. 4 player last season, but she made up her mind that she was going to be No. 1 this season and worked hard over the summer to get there,” said Ware.
Badmaev earned all-state and all-region recognition along the way. Her 75-74 – 149 state score was good for third place behind Lexington senior Danielle Dunnagan (142) and Dorman freshman Morgan Webber (146).
Sophomores Rachel Wyatt and Erin Watkins shot 160 and 173, respectively at state, and are expected to return to stake the Bengals to a solid foundation for success. Wyatt joined Badmeav on the all-region team, and set a school record when she shot 38 at a 9-hole match.
Senior LeAnn Williams was the No. 4 player at state with eighth-grader AnnMarie McManus at No. 5.
“I challenged the girls to work toward finishing in the top three at state next year when we were coming home on the bus,” said Ware. “We had a lot of success because the girls challenged each other every time we played. That’s what we’re going to need again next season to reach our goals again.”