Combine the difficulty of the course with five days of rain and an elite field, Wednesday's Richmond Tournament was fraught with peril for an inexperienced Marshall girls' team. The Lady Owls came in last among the 14 entries with 505 points.
Yet, it wasn't all that bad taken in context. Junior Lindsey Sullivan shot 113 to finish tied for 36th in the 70-player field -- and was off to a good start, with two pars and five birdies over the first 11 holes, until a pair of 10s on the back nine fluffed up her score.
Still, Sullivan was only five strokes over her score at Shirkey a year ago, played then under more favorable conditions. Meanwhile, freshman Margaret Miles at 128 and junior Caitlin Crawford with a 130 had their best rounds relative to par of the season, while junior Kalie Cowart (134) and freshman Sarah Bentley (146) were only one stroke higher.
A pair of Class 2 all-staters from Kansas City, senior Emily McCann of St. Teresa's and Blue Springs sophomore Mariah Peters -- fired five-over par 79s to share the top of the leaderboard by four strokes over their nearest competition. The Stars (365 points) were beaten for the team title by metro rival Notre Dame de Sion (356).
Marshall will be back in action Monday at the Smith-Cotton Classic on the Sedalia Country Club course.