Skyline’s Sims finishes tied for eighth in girls state golf tourney

Lauren Sims

Lauren Sims shot an 83 on Tuesday on the second day of the Virginia High School League girls state golf tournament.

The Skyline junior finished tied for eighth place at the state tournament held at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. Sims shot a 75 in Monday’s opening round for a two-day total of 158. Par is 72. The top five individuals medal.

“She did really good,” Skyline golf coach Roy Kelly said in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “I’m very proud of her, especially the way she played (Monday). I know she was expecting to play a little bit better (Tuesday), but that’s to take nothing away from her. Overall she did very well.”

Kelly said that Sims had four or five birdies in her round Monday and played at a very high level.

He said that the plan was to play the same way on Tuesday, but it just didn’t work out as well.

Kelly said that Sims made two birdies in her round on Tuesday.

“A couple putts just didn’t fall for her (Tuesday) like they did (Monday),” Kelly said.

Sims was tied for fifth after the first day of the tournament.

Kelly said it was still a great accomplishment for her to finish in the top 10.

“This was her first time playing in this,” Kelly said. “She’s played over the summer in amateur tournaments, but this was the best girls in the state. The group of girls that she played with today, one of them is going to UVA to play next year and (Sims) hung right in there with them. For her to be top 10 in the state of all the girls that played here is a great accomplishment. I know that she’ll be disappointed with how she did today, but I think once she has a couple days, a couple weeks she’ll look and be proud of herself.”

Sims had a strong postseason for the Hawks. She won the Northwestern District tournament, and then finished second in the Region 3B tournament.

Sims could have played in the regular Class 3 state tournament, but chose to play in the girls state tournament instead. Girls are only allowed to play in one or the other as individuals but not both. The girls state tournament has girls from all six classifications of the VHSL.

First Colonial’s Carley Rudolf and Mills Godwin’s Diana Domenech tied for first with a two-day total of 143.

Kelly said he’s sure that Sims will work even harder on her game in the offseason and be ready for a strong senior year next year.

“She’s already talking about some of the tournaments she wants to play in the summer,” Kelly said. “I’m sure she’ll be primed and ready to go by the time the high school season starts next year.”