WC’s Whittington, St. Al rack up wins
Published 10:37 am Tuesday, March 31, 2015
For Karley Whittington, it was just another day at the office. It was Laura Phillips’ best day. Both of them got to leave with trophies and a smile on their face.
Whittington, Warren Central’s freshman phenom, shot a 75 to earn medalist honors and St. Aloysius senior Phillips shot a 78 to help the Lady Flashes take the team title at the St. Aloysius Girls Invitational Monday afternoon at Clear Creek Golf Course.
Whittington, the reigning MHSAA Class III champion, was fairly nonchalant about her day. While happy to win, it wasn’t as thrilling as last month’s Warren Central Invitational when she shot a 71 to break par for the first time. She also made up for a lackluster first nine holes by birdieing two of the last seven.
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Whittington won by three shots over Phillips and Jackson Prep’s Blair Stockett. Stockett led by one shot with five holes to go, but stumbled down the stretch while Whittington picked up the pace.
“The back nine was ugly, but the front nine I cleaned it up and shot even par,” said Whittington, whose round started on the 10th hole and finished on the ninth. “I’m happy with that score. In golf I don’t go out to win as much as beat my own score.”
Phillips’ 78 was a personal best at her home course of Clear Creek. Finishing her round on the front nine, she made par on Nos. 1 through 8, then birdied the ninth to get there. All of that came after she made bogey on four of her first five holes while playing the back nine.
“When I made that putt I jumped up and down and hugged Karley’s neck,” laughed Phillips, who was playing in a foursome with Whittington, Stockett and a golfer from Cathedral. “I fixed my driver. My driver was going a lot straighter, and I was making putts I don’t normally make.”
Phillips’ teammate Anna Fletcher shot an 83 to help the Lady Flashes beat eight other schools for the team championship. Their total of 161 shots was five better than Jackson Prep. Madison Central and Warren Central tied for third, well back at 191.
Fletcher finished fourth out of 44 golfers in the individual standings. St. Al’s Beth Newman tied for eighth by shooting 100.
St. Al’s other golfers were Katie Martin and Elizabeth Keen, who shot 111 and 123 respectively.
Warren Central’s other golfers were Jessica Hurley and Mia Wamsley, who each shot 116, and Miranda Jordan.