Fischer adjusts, gets Classic win

Wednesday, August 6, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:13 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

Leslie Fischer said she was unhappy with her score in the first round of the 2003 Tiger Junior Golf Classic on Monday at Columbia Country Club.

After shooting a 104, Fischer said she knew what was wrong and she decided to fix it. When her father, tournament director Perry Fischer, went back to the course to field phone calls about tee times, Fischer went, too.

She didn’t answer any phone calls. Instead, Fischer, who will be a sophomore at Rock Bridge, practiced her chipping for an hour and a half.

The results speak for themselves.

Fischer won the 14-15 age division with a 192. She shot 88 on Tuesday, 16 strokes better than her first day’s score.

“I had no short game yesterday,” she said. “I couldn’t get my approach shot on the green.”

Fischer, 15, said keeping her composure was the big difference Tuesday.

“I felt more comfortable and calmer today,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t do worse.”

Perry Fischer, who taught his daughter the game, said he was happy about his daughter’s finish.

“After a difficult first day, she worked hard over night figuring out what was wrong and came back the second day to put up the kind of numbers we’ve grown to expect of her,” Perry Fischer said.

“That’s more representative of the way she’s been playing.”

Fischer finished second in her previous tournaments, the Big I Invitational, the Coca-Cola Jr. Championship and the Show-Me State Games.

She said she felt relieved.

“It feels good to finally win one,” she said. “It’s about time.”

Gabe George of Salisbury won the boys’ 16-17 age group shooting a par-71.

He said he was in a groove after the 15th hole.

“I hit a 50-foot putt for birdie that set the momentum,” George said.

Will Call of Jefferson City, who led George by a stroke, bogeyed that hole. The two-stroke swing was all George needed.

Although he didn’t reach his goal of shooting under par, George said he was pleased to win another Columbia tournament. In July, he won the Coca-Cola Jr. Championship at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

George looks forward to playing high school golf in the spring.

“I hope to win it all in state,” he said.

Four Columbia golfers, including Fischer, made up the girls’ 14-15 division. Second-place finisher Lindsey Martin, another Rock Bridge golfer, finished with a 205 after two rounds. Hickman golfer Maddie Callis shot a 231, good enough for third.

Several other Columbia golfers placed high in the tournament.

Paige Pleiman shot 191 after two rounds to finish fourth in the girls’ 16-17 division.

In the boys’ 14-15 group, third-place finisher Landon Willett shot 160. Joe Neal shot 81 and finished third in the boys’ 12-13 division. With a 124, Samantha Sheehan finished second in the girls’ 12-13 group.

Perry Fischer said he was happy with how the Columbia golfers in the tournament played.

“We’re always thrilled when Hickman and Rock Bridge golfers play well and it bodes well for the future,” he said. “We’ll have lots to cheer about.’’

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