AMES — Sydney Eaton will go down as one of the best girls golfers to come out Mason City High School.
The Mohawk senior capped off a brilliant career Wednesday at the Class 5A state golf tournament as she tied for second place.
“I know she was disappointed she didn’t win but she played really well,” Mason City coach Matt Evans said. “She was leading at times but the gal who won (Dubuque Senior’s Maddie Hawkins) just got on a tear and put up the fourth-lowest score in Iowa history. Sometimes playing well just isn’t good enough.
“I know (Sydney) puts tremendous pressure on herself to play amazing but I thought she played really well.”
Eaton bounced around the leaderboard all of Tuesday and Wednesday.
She finished with a 72 Tuesday to put her in second place by a stroke heading into the final day, and after a 1-over 73, her 145 came up four strokes short of her ultimate goal. Hawkins fired a 67 on the final day to go on for the win.
“She had her ups and downs and I think what was really so impressive was how well she recovered from bad holes,” Evans said of Eaton, who had a double bogey on No. 1 and followed with an eagle on No. 3. “It’s one of those she’s where she showed her maturity.”
Eaton closes out a career in which she qualified for the state tournament three years in a row and had two top-10 finishes — sixth as a sophomore and tied for second as a senior. She’ll go on to play at Northern Iowa in the fall.
“She’s going to be sorely missed,” Eaton said. “She did a really wonderful job of representing the program with her play and with her character. You can’t replace someone like that.”