A home-course advantage helped secure the second victory this week for the Rock Bridge golf team.
The Bruins beat Southern Boone 171-224 on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.
Rock Bridge’s Karissa Nedoma shot 40, breaking her streak of three 44s in a row.
“I play this course every day for practice,” Nedoma said, “I know where I need to hit the ball.”
Nedoma was the medalist. Michelle Chong finished second with 42. Lindsay Martin was third with 44.
This was the first time Nedoma finished in the lead. Even though she was thrilled, she wasn’t entirely happy with the way she started the match.
“The first couple holes I struggled with my putting,” she said. “It was not very pretty. I started to calm down.”
Rock Bridge coach Andrew Tiedmann was proud of Nedoma’s performance.
“Its great to see that constant improvement from the first practice until the end of the season,” said Tiedmann.
Thursday’s match was Rock Bridge’s third competition of the week.
Martin finished third in the William Woods Invitational on Monday, and placed second on Tuesday with Marshall at Lake of the Woods.
The Bruins will try to extend their strong play at the Jefferson City Tournament on Monday.
The team’s biggest competition will be Hickman, Rolla and Helias.
“The greens there are much quicker than the greens we are used to,” Tiedmann said. “It’s very hard to prepare for that.”
“Their mental aspect of the game has matured,” Tiedmann said. “Rather than going for certain shots, they realize if they play it safe, in the long run that will reduce their score.”
— Cameron Ross
ROCK BRIDGE SOFTBALL:Hannibal used a run in the final inning to defeat the Bruins 1-0 in Hannibal.
Kelsy Oerly shut out the Pirates through six innings, but the Bruins had only three hits. In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on second and third with one out, Rock Bridge infielder Emily Lay’s diving stop and throw home wasn’t in time.
HICKMAN CROSS COUNTRY:The Kewpies’ Kurt Schauwecker won the boys’ race at the Rolla Invitational in 15 minutes, 49 seconds. The Kewpies finished fourth out of seven teams. Waynesville won the team title.
The Kewpies girls placed second behind Rolla.