Winning wasn’t enough for Payge Pleimann on Monday at the Class 2 District 4 tournament.
Although her 78 was the best out of 45 golfers, she said she could have done better.
“Ideally it would have been nice to break my record of 75,” Pleimann said.
Still, it was hard for Pleimann not to be pleased.
“I am jumping off the walls,” Pleimann said.
Pleimann’s victory Monday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course helped Hickman win the tournament with 342, earning the Kewpies a spot at the 30th Annual MSHSAA Girls Golf Championship. The tournament will be held Oct. 18-19 at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar.
Not everything went right for Pleimann, though.
“On hole three the fairway is the size of a house,” she said. “The fact that for the last few times I’ve been here I have not hit that fairway is driving me nuts.”
Pleimann, a senior, will make her fourth appearance at the state meet. She is the only Kewpie player who played in the tournament before.
Hickman coach Doug Steinhoff said he is counting on her help with the rest of the team during the next couple weeks.
“This will be a great experience for all of them but Payge is a team leader,” said Steinhoff. “She really also brings along the younger players by letting them know what to expect.”
Junior Maddie Callis, who shot a personal best 84 to tie Jessica Weaver of Rolla for third, said she did better than she expected.
“When I added up my score I was surprised,” she said. “We all wanted to go so bad and to finally achieve it feels great.”
Callis said she is happy with the way the team is playing.
“We needed to turn in four good scores to win and we did.”
Ashley Scott shot 89 and Kyndal Marshall had a 91 for Hickman.
Steinhoff said the Kewpies came together as a team and that it was possibly the best Hickman has played together.
“It was a good strong finish for them,” Steinhoff said. “Individually they have actually played better but to finally put it all together on the last day is a good feeling.” According to Steinhoff, hosting the tournament gave the Kewpies a boost.
“We have been without this advantage for longer then I have been here,” Steinhoff said.
Callis agreed that it helped to play on the familiar course.
“We know the little tricks,” she said. “It was home so that helps a bunch.”
Steinhoff said in the next couple of weeks the team has a lot of preparing to do. Silo Ridge is a 5,300-yard course and L.A. Nickell is 4,600 yards. The difference in size will change the way the team practices.
“You’re looking at an extra 100 to 200 yards a hole,” Steinhoff said. “The goal now is to try to develop more accuracy with the drives and also to start to develop some of the middle range shots instead of the short range shots. It’s a whole new ballgame at state.”
Steinhoff said he would like to see Hickman finish in the top five.
Pleimann said the team will practice at different places in Columbia and hopes to make a trip to Silo Ridge before the big tournament.
“You have no idea how much fun we are going to have,” Callis said.