Hickman senior Payge Pleimann finished fourth overall with an 85 on a par 71 course, bringing the team to a second-place finish Thursday at the Warrensburg Lady Tiger Invitational at Hidden Pines Golf Course.
Hickman shot 375 while Rock Bridge finished third with 387 in a field of 12 teams. Blue Springs South won the tournament with a 366.
Pleimann was joined in the top 10 by Rock Bridge juniors Lindsay Martin (88) and Leslie Fischer (91), who finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
“Payge played great today,” Hickman coach Doug Steinhoff said. “And I know she’ll get better. By the end of the year I expect her to be shooting in the low 80s or even the high 70s.”
Hickman was scheduled to play Tuesday against Helias, but the duel was postponed because of rain. The match has been tentatively rescheduled for Monday, but the availability of the course has not been confirmed.
With temperatures in the mid-90s, Steinhoff said he was pleased with the team’s first performance.
“Really, I’m a little amazed we finished second,” Steinhoff said. “We haven’t had the chance to get out and swing the clubs the past week because of the rain. The conditions weren’t that great today, either, but the girls hung in there.”
ROCK BRIDGE TENNIS: The two-time defending state champion Bruins defeated St. Joseph Central 8-1 in a season opener in Marshall.
The Bruins swept the singles matches, finishing 6-0. Kara Hickey (No. 1) shut out Emily Lindsey 6-0, 6-0, and Whitney Reys (No. 2) won 7-5, 6-2. Reys overcame a 5-1 deficit in the first game to earn the win.
In doubles, Hickey teamed with Reys to defeat Lindsay and Bryn Fitzmorris 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 match.
The team’s lone loss came in the No. 2 doubles match, as St. Joseph’s Jordan Lipira and Megan Liechti beat Karla Kruse and Ashley Miles 7-5, 6-4.
Rock Bridge moves to 1-0 on the season, with the next match set for Aug. 31 against Hickman.
HICKMAN SOFTBALL: Westran handed the Kewpies their first loss of the season, an 11-2 defeat, at Westran.
Rock Bridge was held to only six hits. Lindsey Rock went 1-3 with an RBI off a bunt in the fourth inning. Shannon Buckridge also went 1-3 with an RBI and Shana White also had a hit for the Kewpies. Stefani Worley pitched seven innings and earned the loss.