Golf is a way of life for Hickman senior Payge Pleimann.
Even before her first birthday, she had been around golf courses. Her father Dale Pleimann’s love of the sport influenced Payge Pleimann, her brother Wayde, 19, and her sister Taylor, 21.
“That’s how my dad would baby-sit us,” Pleimann said. “He would put us in a golf cart and play a course.”
As soon as Pleimann was old enough to swing a club, she left the cart and started to participate.
The early experience has paid off for Pleimann, a senior who has been Hickman’s No. 1 player for the past two years.
Two weeks ago at the William Woods Golf Tournament, Pleimann beat her sister’s school record for best score on an 18-hole course. Taylor Pleimann’s 75 on a par 70 was the Kewpies standard for the past four seasons until Payge Pleimann shot a 75 at par 72 Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.
Assistant coach Craig Adams said Pleimann is sometimes called the “rules committee” by her teammates. He said she has occasionally corrected her coaches about regulations.
“My dad has been drilling rules into my head for as long as I can remember,” Pleimann said.
Dale Pleimann, the Hickman boys’ golf coach from 1992-97, is the assistant executive director of Missouri State High School Activities Association.
Payge Pleimann said she hopes Hickman will do better at today’s district tournament than last season.
“Last year we had an incredible record,” Pleimann said. “During the round that counted, everyone blew up.”
She was the only member of her team to qualify for the state tournament in 2003, shooting an 84 in the district tournament to earn her third straight berth. She finished tied for 26th last year at state.