The Geneseo girls’ golf team made school history with the lowest team score at the state meet.

The Geneseo girls’ golf team made school history with the lowest team score at the state meet.

The Lady Leafs finished in ninth place among a 12-team field with a two-day total of 733 strokes, at Red Tail Run Golf Course, in Decatur, which concluded on Oct. 14.

According to Geneseo Coach Jon Murray, the best finish for the Geneseo girls’ golf team was a fourth-place finish in 1984 where they finished with a 783.

“We were 50 strokes better than our highest place finish,” Murray said. “In 2015, we scored 745 which was the next closest to ours, but they

finished seventh on the same course with the same par. It kind of hits home for me. We had our best score at the state tournament in school history.”

On the first day, Geneseo felt the pressure to replicate the round they had at the Metamora Sectional where they shot a 336.

“I could feel the first-day tension from the girls,” Murray said. “I think coming off the high of such a great sectional gave them the expectation that they wanted to repeat that. It’s hard to repeat the round of a lifetime every time you go out and play. I think they started to get a little frustrated.”

Murray said he was proud of the way the team bounced back on the second day and playing more relaxed allowed them to make up ground with all six Geneseo players finishing in the top 100 individuals.

“I think that pretty cool that we can put all six girls in the top 100 at the state tournament,” Murray said. “I don’t know how many teams can say that, and all six of our girls parred No. 5 on Saturday. We were the only team to do that on any hole on either day.”

Geneseo’s Lauren Murray finished tied for 48th with a 175th (89+86), and Jenna Cheek finished tied for 55th with a 177 (93+84).

The Leafs’ Elizabeth Roodhouse finished tied for 70th with a 189 (92+97), and Eryn Murray finished tied for 79th with a 192 (98+94).

Geneseo’s Carson Dodge finished in 90th place with a 200 (98+102), and Heather Dietrich finished in 99th place with a 213 (113+100).

Geneseo will lose Lauren Murray and Dodge to graduation next year but with so a large group of players returning Jon Murray has the team thinking big.

“The girls are already talking about how they are going to improve for next year,” Murray said. “You get Emma (Snell) back in the lineup with all four of them improving their averages through good hard offseason work. I think they can have their best year yet. I think they can bring home a trophy next year. That’s my goal for next year.”