Harris steps into spotlight, helps Hawks advance by the slimmest of margins
STATE CENTER — Cortney Harris has ridden in the backseat as Krista Swenson and Katelyn Sogard drove the car and rode shotgun all spring for the South Hamilton girls’ golf team.
That changed on Monday and it was exactly what the Hawks needed.
Harris had arguably her finest round of the season and it helped South Hamilton advance out of the Class 2A Region 3A tournament by the skin of its teeth at Lincoln Valley Golf Course.
South Hamilton shot a 386 to finish in second place, just one stroke ahead of third-place finisher Waterloo Columbus. Dike-New Hartford won the tournament with a 370.
Only the top two teams — D-NH and South Hamilton — advanced to next week’s Region 3 Final at Legend Trail Golf Club in Parkersburg.
Harris fired a 91 to lead the team and finish fifth overall. Hawks’ head coach Kathi Fisher also praised Megan McSparin, who moved into the team’s No. 4 position with a 108.
“(Harris and McSparin) stepped up big time,” Fisher said. “We knew coming into the meet we would have to bring our best to advance. All of the girls really stepped up to the challenge.”
Swenson and Sogard played their roles as well. Swenson’s 93 placed her sixth on the individual leaderboard, and Sogard was right behind her in seventh with a 94.
Morgan Weber of D-NH decimated the course and field. Her 72 was 18 shots clear of runner-up Kaitlyn Rahfeldt (90) of Roland-Story.
Class 2A Region 3A Tournament
At Lincoln Valley Golf Course
1. Dike-New Hartford 370; 2. South Hamilton 386; 3. Waterloo Columbus 387; 4. Roland-Story 398; 5. West Marshall 459; 6. South Hardin 501; 7. Aplington-Parkersburg 505; 8. Colo-NESCO 638.
1. Morgan Weber (D-NH) 72; 2. Kaitlyn Rahfeldt (R-S) 90; 3. Molly Fereday (WC) 91; 4. Margret Harn (WC) 91; 5. Cortney Harris (SHAM) 91.
Other South Hamilton Scores
6. Krista Swenson 93; 7. Katelyn Sogard 94; 20. Megan McSparin 108; 29. Grace Young 115; 35. Miranda Deppe 129.