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Maumelle’s Loeb wins 7A state championship

Taylor Loeb, who lives in Maumelle, lines up a putt in the 7A state tournament for Mount St. Mary’s. Loeb, a sophomore, won the state golf title.
Taylor Loeb, who lives in Maumelle, lines up a putt in the 7A state tournament for Mount St. Mary’s. Loeb, a sophomore, won the state golf title.

Maumelle’s Taylor Loeb shot 77-70—147 last week to win the individual title at the Class 7A Girls State Golf Tournament at Lost Springs Country Club in Rogers.

Loeb, 16, a sophomore at Mount St. Mary, will play in the Arkansas High School Overall Championship, which brings together the top three finishers from each state tournament, at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock on Thursday, Oct. 17.

“I was just trying to do my best and get in the top three to make it to Overall,” said Loeb, who finished third at state last year to reach the Overall as a freshman. “I wasn’t really trying to win; I was just trying to have fun and be with my team.”

Loeb’s three-over-par score bettered the 75-75—150 by Cabot’s Marlena Weatherly. Peyton Weaver of Bryant, Brooke Matthews of Rogers and Anna Gracy Lavy of Fayetteville tied for third with 157; North Little Rock’s Hannah Bakalekos tied for sixth with 83-75—158.

Fayetteville won the team title for the seventh time in eight years with 235-253—488, 10 strokes ahead of Fort Smith Southside and Rogers. Mount St. Mary finished sixth with 254-268—522.

During her second round, when she shot two-under 70, Loeb said she was “super-focused.”

“Everyone thought I was mad, but I just made some more birdies and kept my calm when I made a bogey,” she said.

Her final round included four birdies and two bogeys.

Loeb said she finished eighth at Overall last year with 86 at Pleasant Valley. She hopes to be better as a sophomore.

“My goal is trying to be in the top three or five, and I’d be pretty happy with a 79 at Pleasant Valley because that course is really tough,” she said.

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