The Westran Invitational girl's golf tournament on Thursday at Heritage Hills in Moberly featured a 15-team field, 12 of which were varsity and all of which finished behind first place Mexico with a score of 373.
"The golf team had another great day. There are so many things to highlight," said coach Lindsey Yancey. "First, our team won, which was quite the accomplishment due to the fact we were down a player again due to injury. The girls played Heritage Hills with a lot of confidence and took advantage of good plays as they came. Lilly Knipfel played with a very competitive group. She played a very solid round which reflected the years of practice and preparation she has dedicated."
With Paris only having three golfers available and Centralia placing eighth at 462, coming in second was Macon with 378 followed by New Bloomfield at 408, Brookfield had 422 and Moberly was fifth with a score of 426. Next up was Harrisburg, which carded a 447, Glasgow was seventh at 461 and Salisbury had a 464. That just left Marceline in 10th with 481, the Kirksville JV and Mexico JV posted scores of 479 and 486, respectively, and La Plata came in 13th at 495.
"Emma Unger is another player that had an awesome day. She's new to our Varsity and she is so close to the 90's, which is a big breakthrough," Yancey said. "If a player can score in the 90's or better they can compete with pretty much anyone in our area, so she has proven to me that she is capable of this milestone."
Even though Westran only had two golfers at its disposal for this event, Mexico's Lilly Knipfel was the medalist for this event after carding an 81, Emma Chedwick was third as an individual with an 85 and Emma Unger shot a 101. Betsy Pascoe also came in at 106.
"Emma Chedwick had a really great day. Her round was very good. She consistently reflects on her rounds about the things that went well and what challenges she faced, and then she adjusts her practice to address her weaknesses," said Yancey. "As a Senior, she is showing great leadership"
For Paris, its' pace was set by Sharon Schoonover with a 98, Amber Chapman finished with a 106 and charting a 116 was Aurea Rucker.
Centralia, on the other hand, was led by Chloe Ware with 111, Sam Teel had a 114 and Renee Teel laid down a 118. Abby Hoek also put up a score of 119 and Hanna Pendergrast was tied for 55th overall at 127.
"Our JV also got to play and were competitive, even though this really was a varsity competition. This shows the depth of our team. We have girls playing on the JV that are really doing well," Yancey said. "They can hold their own against many of the areas varsity teams. Sarah Kasubke made more progress. She's steadily and consistently shooting in the 50's for nine holes, and that's an improvement for her. I'm expecting her game to keep getting better. Lizzy Gooch had a good round, as well."
As for the other individual standouts, Macon's Paige Hawkins was the runner-up with an 84, Madison Duff clocked an 86 for the Rockbridge JV and Alexandria Morningstar of New Bloomfield placed fifth at 91.
Mexico hosts Russelville at Arthur Hills on Monday.
Paris and Glasgow are at Westran on Sept. 11.