NORTH PLATTE — West Point-Beemer junior Lacie Fox, after trailing by one after the first day, won the Class C girls golf tournament Tuesday by four strokes.
The gold medalist at Lake Maloney Golf Course was sixth at state as a sophomore.
“It’s just a crazy feeling right now. I’d still be crying right now, but I ran out of tears,” Fox said. “Last year was a good experience, but it also motivated me. I’ve put a lot of work into my golf game this summer, and it’s nice to have it pay off.”
Fox entered Tuesday tied with Cozad junior Kaylei Becker for second, trailing leader Kenzey Kanno, a freshman from Mitchell.
Kanno struggled in the final round, shooting 94 to fall into a tie for eighth.
Becker and Fox were even after 14 holes, then Fox took the lead with a par 4 on No. 15. That began a strong finish for Fox, who made three pars and one bogey on her final four holes.
“I knew my long game was struggling, so I wanted to concentrate on my chips and to get closer on my approach shots. I wanted to have more tap-ins and less knee-knockers,” Fox said.
On the par-4 18th, Fox stuck her third shot within inches of the hole for an easy tap-in to end her day and clinch the title.
“I was honestly just trying to get it within five feet and I ended up getting it even closer,” Fox said.
Becker tied for second with Ricki Hickstein of Chadron and Brandi Lemek of Doniphan-Trumbull. Lemek on Monday made an 11 on a par 4 while shooting 85, then recovered Tuesday with the day’s low score of 79.
Becker vastly improved her state tournament performance from 2014, going from 31st to second
“I thought my short game wasn’t as good as it was (on Monday),” Becker said, “and not as good as it needed to be to win.”
Lincoln Lutheran ran away with the team title with a 706, capping a dominant season. Doniphan-Trumbull, which was runner-up to the Warriors at districts last week, was second with a 755, and Battle Creek finished third with a 771.
The top finishers for Lincoln Lutheran were Haley Wineman and Klaire Nuttelman, who tied for eighth at 172.