Payge Pleimann is playing the best golf of her career, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Hickman Kewpies.
The Kewpies join the Rock Bridge Bruins today at the Class 4 District Championship at Redfield Golf and Country Club in Eugene.
Pleimann has won four of her last five matches, tying for first in the other. She shot a personal best 81 on Sept. 22 at the William Woods Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course for second in the 10-team field.
“I am hopeful,” Pleimann said. “As far as preparing myself, I’m focusing on my mind game, which is all there in terms of where I want to be mentally on the golf course.”
Pleimann’s play, combined with the consistency the Kewpies have shown throughout the season, has coach Doug Steinhoff excited about the prospects of winning the tournament.
“I feel confident that we can be the No. 1 team in districts,” Steinhoff said. “I really feel like we can win it all, but Rolla has a team with the potential to blow everybody out of the water.”
Nine teams will compete for the top two spots, which qualifies teams for the state championship in Springfield on Oct. 21-22. The five best individuals not from the top two teams also will advance.
Although Pleimann leads the Kewpies, Steinhoff said they will need solid play from the entire team in order to win.
“I have complete confidence in my one, two and three (players),” Steinhoff said. “My four and five, it’s weird, they can turn in fantastic scores. But they are one of those roller coaster types that you’re never quite sure how they are going to do. I have a really strong feeling that come Monday they are going to pull it through.”
The Bruins have been a little more sporadic than the Kewpies. Coach Andrew Tiedemann said his team struggled to play with consistency early in the year, but has steadily improved and will be ready for the challenge.
“We are as ready as we are going to be,” Tiedemann said. “The girls have the potential to score very well and I don’t see why they won’t.”
The Bruins played Redfield Wednesday and Thursday. Pleimann and the rest of the Kewpies practiced at Redfield on Sunday, noting hazards, slope of the greens and areas that might give them trouble.
“When I look at Redfield it’s like a computer game,” Pleimann said. “It’s all neat and little.
“I like the course; it’s an interesting and fun course to play. I think my teammates will do well because they tell me they like different courses that we’ve played this year, and this course is a lot like those.”