Payge Pleimann is going to need a longer string.Pleimann won medalist on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course, adding another bead to her string, which is close to full.
It’s the fourth straight match Pleimann has led the field. The Kewpies shot 172 to win the triangular meet. Rock Bridge finished second with a 182, and Mexico shot a 278.
Pleimann shot 40, with four pars and five bogeys.
“I’m very, very happy with my scores,” Pleimann said.
Pleimann credits her sister Taylor for her success. Payge and Taylor Pleimann played in a scramble tournament with their father, Dale, in August.
“She went out there just cold turkey and she played like, 10 times better than I did … so it’s kind of a motivation,” Pleimann said.
Ashley Mansfield, Anita Sadhu and Hillary Jones each shot 44 for Hickman.
Mansfield double-bogeyed the first two holes before playing well to finish. She started physical therapy for her back Tuesday two hours before the match. Mansfield has had back trouble since a car accident Sept. 3.
Rock Bridge shot its best round of the year.
Sophomore Leslie Fischer, shot a season-low 43 to finish second. Fischer has been troubled by a strained right shoulder, which caused her to miss a week. She strained the shoulder by taking a divot during a round in the summer. Fischer said this was the first match that she has felt 100 percent.
“I just came out here, and I was pretty confident that I could do it,” Fischer said.
Bruins coach Andrew Tiedemann was happy that Fischer took the time to get healthy.
“It’s a good thing when a student-athlete is able to understand their body and know when it’s hurting enough to ask somebody to take them to the doctor,” Tiedemann said.
The grass was tall because of the wet course conditions the past week. Tiedemann said his team was able to overcome the conditions.
“I’m very impressed with how they kept their composure on the course and continued just to grind it out and come in with low scores,” Tiedemann said.
Megan Bornhauser shot 45 for Rock Bridge, followed by Michelle Chong’s 46 and Emily Schuenemeyer’s 48.
Both teams play today in the Smith-Cotton Tournament at Sedalia Country Club. It will be the first tournament for Hickman, and the first match away from L.A. Nickell.
“It’s good to kind of get out and now lets spread our wings a little bit and lets find out how we can do on some of these more challenging courses,” Hickman coach Doug Steinhoff said. “It’ll be a good test for us, that’s for sure.”
Payge Pleimann is the only Kewpie who has played at Sedalia Country Club, Steinhoff said. Steinhoff said playing away in a tournament is a good chance for the team.
It’s also another chance for Pleimann to add beads.
“I think when (the Kewpies) run out of beads, they’re going to just start taking them off Payge’s string,” Steinhoff said.