CHARLEVOIX – It’s something she’s been trying to do for some time.
And now she has.
For the first time in her high school golf career, Cheboygan junior golfer Katie Maybank won a tournament title by winning medalist honors at Wednesday’s Charlevoix Invitational.
“It feels good,” said Maybank, whose 82 shots won the event by seven strokes. “Everything felt like it finally came together with my placements and irons, everything finally came together. I’ve been struggling with them quite a bit. There was a lot of water on the course and it was pretty tight so I couldn’t hit the pilot very much so there were a lot of tighter shots you had to work with.
“It’s amazing because I’ve been so close for so long. Just to finally get it, it feels really good.”
Next closest to Maybank was East Jordan’s Sami Burks, who hit 93. Burks led the Red Devils (421), who defeated second-place Chiefs (425) for the title by just four shots. Harbor Springs (431) was third.
Cheboygan golf coach Sean McNeil said he was pleased with Maybank’s ability to fight for first place overall.
“Katie only had 26 putts today, a personal best,” McNeil said. “At the beginning of the season, one of her goals was to lower her stroke count, and she really did it today. It was amazing. Katie also ran into some adversity in one of the holes, and I was scared to knock her out, but she got rid of that and got back into play and got a win, so that was commendable.”
Emily Clark, the Chiefs’ second-highest scorer, scored 108 on Wednesday, while Ella Kosanke recorded 114, Lilly Wright finished with 117, Emerson Eustice recorded 119 and Hallie Temple recorded 133.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls played today,” McNeil said. “The course was very tight, there was a lot of swampy stuff and a lot of obstacles for them to get around with the wind and everything. As the girls would say, they really rocked the day.
“We were proud of the way they played through adversity.”
With the Chiefs gaining more consistency in their scoring, they believe big things could be ahead in the final stretch of the campaign.
“The whole team is improving and I think we can really have a chance in the states as a team, which is good,” Maybank said. “Just our unity and team chemistry is amazing.”
Cheboygan will host their home invite at the Cheboygan Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, September 27th.