LITTLE ROCK — Casey Ott’s final competitive effort as a Conway High golfer was eclipsed by a Moon on Thursday afternoon.
Forrest City’s Elizabeth Moon, the 5A girls champion who was making her fourth straight appearance in the high school Overall golf tournament, finally won it with a 2-under 70 at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
The tournament brings together the top three finishers from state tournaments in each classification.
Moon’s 70 won by three strokes over Baptist Prep’s Katelyn Dunston (73) and Fort Smith Southside’s Sydney Staton (74). Ott, the defending champion bound for the University of Kentucky, came in at 77 to finish fourth.
“I just couldn’t get anything to go in,” Ott said. “I didn’t finish like I wanted, but that’s OK. I was a little under the weather, but that’s no excuse.I couldn’t get anything to go in. I had fun and that was my main goal.”
Moon immediately established separation from the field by birdieing Nos. 3, 4 and 5 on the way to 34 on the front nine.
“She got off to a fast start and it made it hard to catch,” said Ott, whose score would have tied for second two years ago.
“I was putting pretty well and that really helped,” said Moon. “I played pretty good on the front nine and I kind of grinded it out from there. On the back nine, I was just trying not to mess up and play par golf. I’ve always wanted to win this but never seemed to be able to do it.’
Ironically, her most memorable hole Thursday was one of he bogeys.
“I hit two good shots on No. 16 and made bogeyed,” she said. “In four years here, I’ve never parred this hole. I think I’ll remember that all for all the bogeys.”
Connor Gaunt of Cabot defended his Overall boys title.