COLUMBIA — The winners weren't completely satisfied, and the losers were upbeat.
There were somewhat unexpected reactions to the Rock Bridge girls golf team's 172-173 victory over Hickman on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course. Rock Bridge senior Morgan Reimler had the low round of the 9-hole match with a 39. Hickman junior Patricia DeCastro placed second with a 40.
“These were not our best rounds obviously,” said Bruins coach Melissa Melahn, who guided her team to a fourth-place state finish last season, “but I’m not disappointed – this is just the first step that we can improve upon.”
Almost catching rival Rock Bridge seemed to encourage Kewpies coach Hannah Wren, who said she has high expectations for her team this season.
“A lot of wins,” Wren said with a big smile. “The girls will really be ready when we get to districts.”
DeCastro started off with a triple bogey on the first hole, but she showed her mental strength by playing strong throughout the rest of the round.
Wren said she is confident that DeCastro and the rest of her players have the ability to “leave a bad shot behind.”
Rock Bridge will play Moberly and Helias at their next match Thursday in Jefferson City. Hickman’s next tournament is the Laker Invitational Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.