SHERIDAN — Abby James couldn’t hold back the tears.
Upon adding up her score Friday during a tournament at Kendrick Park Municipal Golf Course, James could hardly believe the final tally.
James, who has struggled in the spring season, fired an 88 — her best score in quite some time, leaving her with tears of joy and an ear-to-ear smile.
“I’ve just had a bad mental headset the last couple of weeks,” James said. “I kind of worked through that this weekend and got it straightened out.”
While James dried her eyes, teammate Kirby Coe-Kirkham reached into his bag for his pitching wedge. Coe-Kirkham’s round didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to, and as a result, he quickly visited the practice green following his final hole Friday.
“My chipping and my short game; I left a lot of strokes out there,” Coe-Kirkham said. “I was hitting the ball really well today, and I could have scored pretty good, and my putting wasn’t horrible. I just couldn’t get the ball close to the hole.”
Coe-Kirkham still managed to card a 1-under 71 to place third. Kelly Walsh’s John McGinley won the tournament with a 68, and teammate Taj Sutherland took runner-up with a 70.
Coe-Kirkham dug himself out of an early two-shot hole to tie McGinley with a birdie on the No. 11 — Kendrick GC’s most difficult hole.
The two golfers remained tied until McGinley showcased his around-the-green prowess — the area where Coe-Kirkham struggled — and chipped in from off the green for a birdie on Hole 14.
Coe-Kirkham couldn’t respond, recording two consecutive bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, which slid him out of contention.
Coe-Kirkham logged a total of four birdies Friday, and the tournament marked his third consecutive final score under par, however, Coe-Kirkham walked away slightly disappointed.
“I’ve played (Kendrick GC) enough times that I want to shoot lower,” Coe-Kirkham said. “It could have been a lot better. It’s hard to say, but I think I could have been in the mid 60s pretty easily.”
James was overjoyed, posting a round that featured four pars to place fifth. Kelly Walsh teammates Anna Johnson and Josie Olson shared the girls title with matching rounds of 80.
Kelly Walsh claimed both the boys and girls titles.
The Sheridan boys took runner-up as a team as Brayden James and Noah Erickson boasted top-10 finishes. James took fifth with a 75, and Erickson placed eighth with a 79.
The Sheridan girls finished fourth as a team as Hannah Detmer and Abby Sanders carded scores of 98 and 118, respectively.