Payge Pleimann keeps impressing.
Pleimann, a junior, helped Hickman breeze by the Jefferson City Jays 169-197 on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course. All five Hickman golfers shot a better score than the lowest Jays round.
Pleimann continued to dominate the course, shooting a 39 to become medalist. She has been the medalist three consecutive matches, all at L.A. Nickell. In the other two matches, Pleimann shot 41 and 38. In her sophomore year, Pleimann only medaled once.
“She’s been doing better than I had hoped for,” coach Doug Steinhoff said. “Thing is, I knew she’s capable of turning in those low scores, but playing consistently just is showing her maturity.”
Pleimann controlled the ball well and didn’t shoot worse than bogey. She birdied the first hole and had five bogies.
Despite the low numbers, Pleimann is looking to improve.
“I’m not really doing poorly on any one thing,” Pleimann said. “I just need to fine tune it and I’ll be doing really, really well.”
Junior Anita Sadhu also played well. Sadhu, the No. 5 golfer, fired a 43 to tie for second with senior Ashley Mansfield. Sadhu has been struggling the past few weeks, but said she feels as if she’s starting to put it all together.
“I’ve kind of been in a slump as far as matches go,” Sadhu said. “It’s good to shoot a 43 and get back into it and show that I really deserve to be on the varsity team.”
The low round moved Sadhu back into the No. 4 spot.
“That’s where I want to be right now,” Sadhu said. “I don’t want to be any higher or any lower.”
Mansfield played despite continued back troubles. Mansfield has had back spasms since a car accident Sept. 3. She plans to begin physical therapy to help reduce the problems. Mansfield carried her clubs, though there is no rule against the use of a pull cart.
“I don’t like to pull my clubs,” Mansfield said. “I feel like I’m cheating when I pull my clubs. I know I’m not, but because you’re not carrying them like everyone else and you don’t get as tired. I just can’t do it.”
Mansfield saved bogey on the par 3 sixth hole after a near miss. Her tee shot barely left the tee and never rolled off the tee box. The miss was better than if she had hit the ball a little farther because there is water in front of the tee.
She then took an 8-iron and hit her second shot over the water and then made a 15-foot putt for the bogey save.
Junior Hillary Jones shot 44. Jones played as the No. 4 for Hickman for the second straight match.
Steinhoff said she was pleased with the performance and even happier that the Kewpies said they felt they could have done better.
“Everyone is really starting to turn it on,” Steinhoff said. “Shooting a 169 and (have) every girl not happy, except for (Sadhu), that’s good, that’s pretty impressive.”
Senior Rachel Jacoby’s 45 was dropped as the high score for Hickman.
Rachel Simpson shot the low round for Jefferson City with a 45. Katie Glassner, with a 46, was the only other Jays player to break 50.