After back-and-forth battles with Moberly all year, Mexico golf traveled to Moberly's Elk Creek Golf Course Monday to face the Spartans yet again at the district championship.
This time, the Bulldogs came out on top. For the first time in sixteen years, Mexico girlf golfers are the district champions.
"Yesterday started out as a challenge for our team. They were struggling, across the board, with playing the Elk Creek Golf Course," coach Lindsey Yancey said. "This is a pretty challenging course for girls to play anyway, there are holes that are fairly straight forward and then there are holes where it seems there are no safe shots to be played."
The Bulldogs beat the Spartans by a margin of nine strokes, 403-412. At last week's conference championship, Moberly prevailed by a three stroke margin 377-308 on Marshall's Indian Foothills Golf Course. The team did not let the loss affect them and bounced back on the more challenging Elk Creek course.
"We had focused on playing smart golf, going into it knowing the scores were going to be higher than usual," Yancey said. "Overall the girls really fought for everything they made yesterday, it is their work ethic in general that made this happen."
The victory came on a day when everybody impressed. Senior Layne Ray earned second place honors with her score of 94 while senior Kaylee Stone shot 99 for third place. Junior Abby Gooch earned fourth place honors by shooting 101, while juniors Jessica Slagle and Abigail Hoer tied for eleventh place at 109 strokes. All five members of the team earned all-district honors for their effort.
"Another very noteworthy accomplishment: All five of my girls achieved all-district honors," Yancey said. "I have never seen that happen and again I think that reflects the work they have put in. It was not just one person who brought us to the top of the pile, it was every single one of them. Golf is a very individual sport but these girls really make it a team effort."
Moberly's Nichole Marquis earned top individual honors with a score of 91.
The Bulldogs return to Moberly Monday, this time to Heritage Hills Golf Course, to compete in the sectional championship and earn the chance to compete at the state tournament. Last year at the sectional championship, Mexico took third, narrowly missing the state tournament by three strokes. The team is now one step close to the goal of competing at state.
"We are excited and very ready to play next Monday at sectionals," Yancey said. "We love Heritage Hills in Moberly and are excited that is were we get to play for the last competition before state.
MSHSAA Class One, District Five Golf Championship
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2. Layne Ray 94
3. Kaylee Stone 99
4. Abby Gooch 101
11. Jessica Slagle 109
11. Abigial Hoer 109