Rock Bridge golfers fourth after first day of state tournament

Monday, October 18, 2010 | 6:37 p.m. CDT; updated 8:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 18, 2010

The Rock Bridge girls golf team is fourth out of eight teams after one day of competition at the Class 2 state tournament at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield.

The Bruins team score of 344 puts them 45 strokes behind Notre Dame de Sion, which leads the tournament after 18 holes. However, Rock Bridge sits only four strokes behind second-place Ursuline Academy.

"They (Notre Dame de Sion) are obviously extremely talented, and they have five seniors, so there were really no true surprises," Rock Bridge coach Melissa Melahn said. "I’m actually very happy for it to all come together for those girls because they are all seniors."

Rock Bridge senior Meghan Mueller is tied for fourth after shooting a 4-over par 75 and is just five strokes off the individual lead held by Notre Dame de Sion's Mary Reintjes.

Bruins sophomore Kaitlyn Marsh recorded one of her best scores of the semester with a 6-over 77 to put her in a tie for seventh after one day.

"Kaitlyn played amazing today," Melahn said. "She shot where she should have been all year, so it’s good that she is ending on that strong suit. Meghan was also really relaxed and focused, so that was very good to see."

Sophomore Angie Kern (95) and junior Morgan Reimler (97) were the other players who posted scores for Rock Bridge.

The state tournament will conclude with the final round Tuesday at the Twin Oaks Country Club. Melahn said she is excited for what the day could hold.

"The other two schools (Ursuline Academy and St. Joseph's Academy) played the best they could, and we didn’t really do that today," Melahn said. "There is a huge opportunity to move up if we can get everyone on the same page."

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