COLUMBIA — Instead of showing excitement over a new school record for Rock Bridge golf, coach Melissa Melahn exuded a sense of relief.
The Bruins shot a 158 at Oak Hills Golf Club in Jefferson City Thursday, a new girls' varsity record for nine holes.
"For me, it's not so much breaking the record as it is shooting where we should be shooting and showing what we're capable of," Melahn said.
Melahn is more concerned about facing the competition from around the state than she is about the Bruins' performance at this stage of the season. But she is pleased with the confidence the team has shown already.
"Especially on a course that really the majority of them haven't seen before, it makes me feel like we can be comfortable not knowing our setting and still play to the best of our ability," Melahn said.
Senior Morgan Reimler and junior Megan Goree were co-medalists with scores of 38 through nine holes.
Reimler, the team's most consistent performer, is seeing her hard work pay off tremendously already. Melahn said Reimler spent every day practicing over the summer.
Melahn is a firm believer in repetition drills during practice, and she said it is the key to success on the course. She says her players would prefer to just hit drives at the range all day, but that's not the most important thing to practice.
"In reality's sake, that's only 16-18 shots of your round, and that's not going to make or break your round like your chips and your putts will," Melahn said.
The Bruins' next tournament is on Tuesday at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, where they hope to continue playing at the level their coach expects. Melahn said Thursday's performance was a good foundation to build upon.
"Even in that performance, there were missed shots and things we could have done differently, but it was much more reflective of what we're capable of," she said.