The Marquette Mustangs girls golf team won the first major tournament of the season when they captured the Summit Invitational championship at the Falls Golf Club.
Marquette’s team score was 319 to top the 17-team field.
The other team scores were: Fort Zumwalt South, 330; Cor Jesu, 333; St. Joseph’s, 339; Nerinx Hall, 341; Kickapoo, 342; Francis Howell, 344; Visitation, 345; Cape Notre Dame, 346; Lafayette, 347; Parkway West, 367; Ursuline, 374; Eureka, 379; Parkway South, 390; Howell Central, 419; Rockwood Summit, 442; and Farmington, 512.
Mustangs junior Allison Tichenor led Marquette with a 73 on the par-71 course to finish fourth among individuals. Freshman Sarah Lewis wound up eighth with a 79.
“We were excited about the first tournament of the year and knew we would be able to compete with the top teams, but winning a tournament is always tough,” Marquette coach Michelle Spencer said. “This was the (season’s) first big tournament with 17 teams competing and it had many of the top teams in the area.”
The preparation by the Mustangs helped lead them to the tourney title, Spencer said.
“I am very happy and proud of the way the girls played,” Spencer said. “In all of our practice rounds leading up to the tournament they have shown consistency and depth and that played a big part in us taking home this trophy.”
Tichenor finished 18th in the state tournament last year as a sophomore and is off to a good start this season.
“Allison is a great competitor,” Spencer said. “She is looking to improve every day that she plays. I couldn’t ask for a better person to lead this team. I continue to expect great things out of her for the rest of the season and next year.”
Lewis made a solid debut in her first varsity tournament for Marquette.
“Sarah has been a great addition to our team,” Spencer said. “She works hard and is committed to her game. I’d say this was a fun way for her to start her high school career and I expect big things out of her in the future.”
The other Mustangs shot well, too. Senior Morgan Holmes fired an 83 and senior Catie Lambert shot an 84. Senior Lauren Lottmann came in with a 93.
All in all, Spencer said the Mustangs are off to a good start and now hope to continue.
“It was a great team effort and gives us a lot of confidence going into the season but every day is a new day and we are just trying to get better each day leading up to districts,” Spencer said.