Lady Warriors finish third, Craig ties for runner-up spot

White County's bid to the win the Class AAAA girls' golf title came up short this week at Maple Ridge Golf Club in Columbus.

The Lady Warriors finished the two-day event with a team-total of 466 to finish third for the second consecutive year.

The tournament figured to be a three-team battle for the top spot, with the Lady Warriors, Woodward Academy and Columbus expected to take home the state title trophy. Columbus took the lead after the opening day of play on Monday, but Woodward Academy put together the best round on the second day to post a four-stroke win. Woodward finished with a two-day total of 456, while Columbus was the runner-up at 460. WCHS posted a 230 on the second day to jump into third place, edging out Blessed Trinity, which finished at 467. Marist rounded out the Top 5 with a 477 total.

White County's Catie Craig made a big push in the second round to move from a tie for 10th place to a tie for second place in the individual standings. Craig, a sophomore, won the Class AAAA title last year and added the runner-up designation to her high school resume this week.

Columbus posted the best round of the tournament on Monday, firing a 227 to take the lead. Faith Scott lead the early charge for Columbus with a 37, the lowest round of the day. Madeleine Krueger had a 74 and Mary Catherine McDaniel had an 81 to round out the Columbus trio.

Woodward was one back after the first round at 227 thanks to the play of  Aly Francis (74), Morgan Ellison (74) and Anyanna Habeel (79). Blessed Trinity was in third place at 235, with the Lady Warriors sitting in fourth place at 236.

Grace Jones paced the Lady Warriors' effort in the opening round, shooting a 3-over par round of 75 to break in the Top 10 in seventh-place. Jones' opening round included three birdies and 10 pars. Catie Craig was tied for 10th place after an opening round score of 78. Craig had nine pars and a birdie in the round.

Caroline Craig, who won the 2017 state title at Maple Ridge, had a tough opening round, finishing in tie for 21st place with an 83. Erin Dorsey was one stroke behind at 84 in a tie for 23rd place.

On Tuesday, Catie Craig moved up the leaderboard and made a run at her second consecutive state title. She started the second with a par, birdie, par on the first three holes, but had a double-bogey on No. 4. She rebounded to make two pars in a row, and then birdie No. 7 and No. 9 to close to make the turn at 35. On the back side, Craig parred the first three holes, then made a birdie at No. 13. She finished off the round with five straight pars to give her a two-under par total of 70, and give her the lead in the clubhouse.

Craig's round of 70 tied for the best score of the second day along with Blessed Trinity's Allie Kantor, who finished in fourth place.

Columbus' Madeleine Krueger, who had a round of 73 in the opening round, spoiled Craig's chances for a second state title thanks to a tremendous closing effort in the second round. Krueger had a 38 on the first nine holes of the final round, and was two strokes behind Craig heading to the tee box at No. 15.

Krueger birdied the hole and had a par at No. 16, and was one back of Craig with two holes to play. Krueger came up with a birdie on the Par 3 No. 17 hole to tie for the lead, and then made a birdie on No. 18, a par-5 hole, to take the lead.

Central Carrollton's Loralie Cowart, who had a 72 in the opening round, had a chance to catch Krueger for the top spot but bogeyed the final hole to finish with a 76 to fall back into a tie with Craig for the runner-up spot.

Jones posted an 80 during second round to finish with a 155 total, tying for 11th place with Columbus' Faith Scott, who was the first round leader.

Caroline Craig finished off her stellar prep career with rounds of 83 and 80, finishing 19th with a 163 total. Dorsey tied for 24th, posting rounds of 84 and 87 to finish at 171.

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