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Scotland’s Fiscel tops girls field; Deubrook Area wins team title

Maggie Fiscel, of Scotland, hits her second shot on the 11th hole during the second day of the Class B girls’ golf tournament at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell Tuesday. Sean Ryan/Republic

Heading into the final few holes, Scotland’s Maggie Fiscel had no clue she was sitting at the top of the individual leaderboard Tuesday at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course in Mitchell.

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The freshman carded an 87 Tuesday in the final round to win the Class B girls golf tournament, after carrying a five-stroke lead into the final round having shot a 78 Monday.

“I didn’t really believe it when I was told,” Fiscel said moments after finding out she won the individual title. “I didn’t expect to win coming into the tournament. I expected to maybe finish in the top 10, but not to win.”

Deubrook Area won the team title by 44 strokes, carding a 534 team score. The Dolphins were led by Morgan Schwartz and Kayla Ovall, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Burke/South Central placed second with a 578, while Howard finished third with a 590. Kelsey Dawson led Howard, taking 21 with a 194.

Fiscel’s two-day total in the event was 165, a single stroke better than Deuel’s Kali Trautman, who shot 166 in the two rounds.

“I was nervous coming into the tournament today,” Fiscel said. “I never really got comfortable out there.”

The event was the second time Fiscel competed in the Class B tournament, having placed 11th in the event in her seventh-grade season. She did not compete during golf season last year due to a back problems and played through a ligament injury in her knee this season, which Scotland coach Turk Perterka said limited her driving.

“I knew if she could chip and putt she would have a chance because that’s her game,” Perterka said. “I expect her to keep improving in the future and she will be there for the next few years.”

Fiscel said she was having trouble Tuesday with her putting inside of three feet, and believes she gave some strokes away.

Burke/South Central’s Sydney Benter also stayed within striking distance of the leaders till the end Tuesday, but three consecutive bogeys on the final three holes of her second round left her two strokes back with a 167.

Niki Nelson, of Platte-Geddes, shot a 184 over the two rounds for an eighth-place tie, while Bridgewater-Emery’ Autumn Hurd placed tied for 17th after carding a 192.