Rock Bridge’s Lindsay Martin had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good day after an errant drive on the par-4 first hole resulted in an eight.
That feeling didn’t last for long.
“I just kept telling myself to pick it up,” Martin said.
Martin did, with a birdie on the par-4 second hole en route to a 15-over 85 in the Class 2, District 4 Golf Tournament on Monday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.
The score helped Martin, junior, reach her goal of qualifying for the state tournament.
Martin’s teammate, Leslie Fischer, a junior, also qualified, shooting an 87.
“It’s awesome,” Fischer said. “It’s such a great feeling. This is something I’ve been working for since freshman year.”
Fischer missed qualifying last year by two strokes.
Like Martin, Fischer had a rough start, but turned it around. She shot 46 on the front nine, but came back with a 41 on the back nine.
As a team, the Bruins didn’t fair as well.
Hickman, Rolla, Helias and Rock Bridge were all thought to have a chance at winning. All four teams beat each other at one time or another during the regular season.
The Bruins finished behind their three chief competitors, placing fourth out of nine teams.
“I knew it would be competitive,” coach Andrew Tiedemann said. “To say that I’m not disappointed would be dishonest. Making state was a goal we had all year and to fall short of that is a little disappointing.”
The disqualification of sophomore Anna Coil was one factor that hurt Rock Bridge. Coil was playing well until making a mental blunder.
Coil had marked her ball on the green and moved the marker over three inches because it was in the line of another player’s putt.
A few holes later, Coil realized she hadn’t moved the marker back before replacing it with her ball. She had a 39 through eight holes.
Tiedemann said that Coil is capable of scoring in the mid-90s for 18 holes, which would have shaved about 10 strokes off the Bruins’ 373.
The Bruins appeared capable of better. Earlier in the season, Rock Bridge shot a 173 at L.A. Nickell for nine holes. Doubling that total would produce a 346, four strokes behind the tournament winning Kewpies.
Tiedemann has little reason to dwell on the disappointment, though. Rock Bridge returns all five of its varsity players and the Bruins talent doesn’t end there.
“Outside of varsity we have ten good players who are willing to improve,” Tiedemann said.
A state tournament berth is a definite possibility for Rock Bridge in 2005.
“Hickman was really strong this year with Payge (Pleimann) being a senior and making a lot of low scores,” Fischer said. “Next year we’ll have a couple of seniors and if they throw in low scores, we will dominate.”