Megan Douglas carded a 44 on the back nine to claim medalist honors in the Montgomery County Girls Golf tournament, propelling her Lady Chargers to a 24-stroke margin of victory and the team title Wednesday.

Four scores counted in the team totals, and North Montgomery led the way with two golfers shooting better than 50. Sophomore Taylor Miller joined Douglas in the sub-fifties, shooting a 47. Crawfordsville’s Olivia Grady shot 46, and Southmont’s Bailey Thompson joined her team-leading counterparts with a 49.

In team play, Crawfordsville finished second with a team score of 220, narrowly edging Southmont’s 222.

“They’ve just been playing really steady lately.” Chargers head coach Jason Douglas said. “Our team numbers have been pretty steady—the girls down the lineup have been playing really consistently.”

North Montgomery’s Scout Groves added a 50, and Jaycee Walden shot 55, but the real boost came from Miller.

“Taylor had her first birdie today.” Douglas gleamed.

The medalist battle turned at hole no. 14, the player’s fourth hole. Grady led coming off hole no. 13, but launched an errant drive, opening the door for both Douglas and Thompson. It took Douglas, the Evans Scholarship applicant, a couple of holes to regain her composure. Even a gorgeous second shot on the final hole, setting up an easy 3-foot birdie putt, was not enough to catch Douglas, who was aware of the momentum shift.

“I never seem to score well on the first hole.” The junior and coach’s daughter admitted. “I have to re-focus—when we got to 14, 15, and 16, I knew the key to winning would mostly be mental.”

Both Southmont and Crawfordsville shot their lowest rounds of the season, and North Montgomery tied their best outing.

Head coach Roger Tribbett could not overlook the improvement in his Crawfordsville team, a squad that played the required four golfers.

“This is fourteen shots under any round we’ve had this year.” Tribbett said. “It is huge for these girls, specifically the young ones to note their improvement.”

For Southmont head coach Bill Whalen, the improvement can be measured by the numbers.

“We shot 222 today.” Whalen said. “In our first match this season, we shot 257—we cut 35 strokes off our score and I’m very happy with that.”

Saturday marks the start of the 44th Annual IHSAA Girls State Golf Tournament. Sectional play at Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course begins at 8:30 AM, with all three schools joined by Attica, Lebanon, North Putnam, Seeger, and Western Boone.