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Webskowski shoots 42 after day 2 delays

Photo by Jake McNeill Marshall sophomore Dayton Webskowski chips a ball onto the 18th green at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Club in Jordan during the second day of the Class AA girls golf championship on Wednesday.

JORDAN — Dayton Webskowski and Grace Rokeh wrapped up their state tournament debuts on Wednesday with a pair of solid rounds at the Class AA state tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

The tournament was delayed for several hours due to rain and lightning, but they remained undeterred as they headed back on a wet course. The tournament was adapted after the delay to have the girls play just the back 9.

“I was just treating it like a normal tournament and was trying to focus on the little things. Like it doesn’t really matter how I do today because I’m just happy I made it in general,” Rokeh said after the match. “My first 9 are normally better than my second 9, so I was like ‘Hey, that’ll be good.'”

Webskowski finished in 53rd for the tournament with a two-day score of 137. She was in 62nd place after the first day but stepped up her game on Wednesday with her 42 ranking 22nd in the field of 88.

“I was just treating it like a normal tournament,” Webskowski said. “It’s only nine holes, just play your best and whatever happens, happens.”

Marshall head coach Nancy Blanchard noted that long weather delays can be tricky for less experienced golfer but said she felt that her players did a solid job of managing it.

“Dayton played well, she had one swing that cost her two strokes, otherwise she’s shooting 40 and had a chance at birdie,” Blanchard said.

Rokeh finished the tournament in 64th with a score of 146. She got off to a hot start on the first day, with a birdie and a par in her first four holes, but some penalty strokes and struggles on her ninth, 10th and 11th holes brought her down to 65th place heading into Wednesday. Still, her score of 50 on Wednesday’s nine was good enough to move her up one slot.

“Grace was holding her own but struggled on 18 here with a bad tee shot, Blanchard said. “It’s unusual for them. It’s a hilly golf course with uneven lies, tight pins and really fast greens. I thought they both did well and if they can shoot their average that they had in the spring on this golf course in this situation, they’ll do pretty good.”

This year’s Marshall golf team was a notably young team. In addition to Webskowski and Rokeh both being sophomores, five of their six scorers this season will be returning next year with the exception of senior Rylee Jacobson.

“I hope they get motivated to get back here again and to play some summer golf,” Blanchard said. “There are no guarantees. Just because you make it one year doesn’t mean you’re going to make it the next, so hopefully they continue to lower their scores over the summer so their averages next spring can seem a little bit lower and they’ll be more confident that they can get back.”

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