Crash injuries don’t stop Kewp

Friday, September 5, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:51 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

It takes more than a car accident to keep Hickman’s Ashley Mansfield from playing in a golf match.

Mansfield was in a serious car accident Wednesday on her way to practice. According to Mansfield, her car was totaled. An ambulance took her to Boone Hospital Center and she was released the same evening.

Mansfield played Thursday in the Kewpies win at L.A. Nickell golf course. Hickman beat Smith-Cotton 179-188.

Mansfield shot a 46 despite a sore neck and several bruises.

“I was kind of out of it and wasn’t sure if I was going to play,” Mansfield said. “I knew that I couldn’t shoot a 38 or 39 again. I knew that because I couldn’t fully rotate my head until just a little while ago.”

Mansfield shot 39 on Tuesday in a meet with Rolla and Rock Bridge.

Coach Doug Steinhoff said he was glad she wasn’t hurt more seriously.

“It was a pretty serious accident,” Steinhoff said. “If she wasn’t wearing a seat belt, it might have been a whole lot worse.”

Payge Pleimann was the medalist. She shot 41, three strokes better than Kelley Marcum of Sedalia.

“Actually, this round felt really good,” Pleimann said.  “I had two holes that I blew up on, but everything else, I felt like I did pretty good.

“My shots were coming back together. Earlier (in the year) I felt like I couldn’t score. I was playing well, but I just couldn’t score and make what I needed and this round I felt that I was really doing what I needed to do.”

Pleimann’s 41 included a triple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole and a four putt on the third hole for double bogey. The third hole was Pleimann’s finishing hole because the teams used a shotgun start off the first four holes. Pleimann and Mansfield started on the fourth hole.

Steinhoff said he was pleased with Pleimann’s play, but disappointed with the overall high scores from the team.

“The rest of us, we all have to kind of get on board,” Steinhoff said. “We’re just not playing our best golf right now.

“You can’t play your best golf all the time. Your best golf is when everybody plays together and we all turn in some good scores.”

Hillary Jones, the No. 5 player, also lifted the Kewpies. Jones shot a 45, earning third place. Jones has been playing well for Hickman this week. She shot 40 on Tuesday.

“My drives today were pretty good on most holes,” Jones said. “I hit quite a few fairways today.”

Many players said balancing their time between school and golf had worn them down throughout the week.

“I take naps on my Friday evenings now instead of going out,” Jones said.

Steinhoff said getting the win was important for the team mentally.

“The kids don’t get as down if you at least win,” Steinhoff said. “If they lose and they played a bad round, they take it personal. If they win and they played bad, it’s not so personal because at least they still win.”

Rachel Jacoby and Anita Sadhu shot 47 for Hickman.

Jennifer Roehrs shot 47 for Smith-Cotton. She finished strong, birdieing two of the final three holes. She made three birdies in the nine-hole match.

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