Columbia was well-represented in Tuesday’s Class 2 District 4 Tournament and will be in the state tournament later this month, too; Hickman and Rock Bridge will send a combined six golfers to the state tournament later this month.
Rock Bridge shot a 362 to place second in the district tournament and will take three golfers to state. It was only two strokes behind Helias, which clinched the district title. Hickman shot a 372 to finish in third place.
“I can’t be disappointed at all,” Bruins’ coach Melissa Melahn said. “They gave it their best shot. We talked about it being down to the wire, or down to one stroke. We didn’t know how true that would be.”
Melahn said that she is proud of her entire team, and will continue to work with the state qualifiers on improving their consistency, especially their putting.
“I am very excited to be taking three girls,” Melahn said. “I would love to take all five, but to take three is quite an accomplishment.”
Rock Bridge has only sent two golfers to state each year in recent years, so the increased number will boost morale. Leslie Fischer, Anna Coil, and Lindsay Martin will all compete later this month in state.
“I am probably going to try to work on my warm-up routine and getting ready to get out and play,” said Fischer, who placed 4th individually. “That’s what I had the biggest problems with (Tuesday). I didn’t start out very strong.”
Although the Kewpies won the district tournament last year, they were not at all discouraged at coming inthird. Coach Marie Vineyard was pleased that Maddie Callis, Ashley Scott, and Kim Foster will all represent Hickman at state.
“For my three seniors that are going on to state, it will be a great way to conclude their senior year,” she said. “The biggest thing we will be working on is making sure that their game and their tempo and their rhythm stay in a good pattern.”
Vineyard says that all three have different weaknesses that they need to concentrate on in the two weeks before the state tournament, especially in the mental aspect of the game.
“They (have) to be able to take their game from where it is right now and step it up a notch,” Vineyard said.
Callis, who placed third individually in the tournament with an 84, was happy with her front 9 holes but fell behind on the back-9.
“It’s a little disheartening that we didn’t win,” Callis said. “Then again, I don’t think we were happy with the way we competed today.”
The Kewpies and the Bruins will compete in the state tournament at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa on October 17-18.
In the next two weeks, both teams will concentrate on keeping a positive team mentality.
“We went out and ate pizza afterwards,” Melahn said of her team’s response to the district tournament. “On the drive home, they were all singing. You wouldn’t have known we had just lost by two strokes.”