Sarah Pravecek never bagged a birdie Tuesday, but the steadiness of the Omaha Marian senior helped her and the Crusaders return as Metro Conference girls golf champions after a year's absence.
Pravecek had 12 pars and six bogeys in shooting 74 at Elmwood Park for a six-stroke victory over Miranda Keeler of Bellevue East. Keeler's finish was the best by a Chieftain in tournament history.
Marian won the team title by nine strokes over Millard North, with defending champion Omaha Westside third. The Crusaders have been Metro champions 12 of the past 14 years.
“The team title means more,” Pravecek said. “Golf is all about the individual, but when it does come down to team, it's nice to get it done.”
Makenzie Fuss, a freshman, was fourth with an 83 for the Crusaders. Another freshman, Ally Hermanek, and senior Ally Pietrok had 95s and senior Michelle Tsatsos a 97.
“Our two freshmen, once they decided to calm down and relax, they've improved a lot this season,” Pravecek said.
She is the eighth multi-year conference champion and the first since Lindsey Huebert of Marian won three in a row ending in 2002. Last year, Pravecek finished second and then learned that she had kidney stones. The ailment caused her to miss districts and state.
“I started off good today,” she said. “It went a little downhill for a while, but I battled and finished strong.
“Winning again means a lot. There's a lot of good golfers in the Metro, and it's nice to win.”
Team scores: Omaha Marian 347, Millard North 356, Omaha Westside 361, Papillion-LV 362, Bellevue East 364, Papillion-LV South 364, Millard West 382, Bellevue West 391, Omaha Burke 393, Omaha Central 397, Millard South 426, Omaha Benson 466, Omaha North 475, Omaha Northwest 501, Omaha Bryan 524, Omaha South no team score.
Individual leaders: 1, Sarah Pravecek, Marian, 74. 2, Miranda Keeler, Bell. East, 80. 3, Erin Hodges, Westside, 82. 4, Makenzie Fuss, Marian, 83. 5, Jordan Wendlandt, MS, 83. 6, Katie Irvin, PLV, 83. 7, Veranecca Gerdes, PLVS, 84. 8, Tiffanie Wabut, Burke, 85. 9, Elle Thompson, PLV, 85. 10, Monica Irwin, MN, 86.