At Green Hills Golf Course on Monday in the Class 1, Sectional 3, portion of the Missouri State High School Athletics Association championship varsity girls golf tournament, two students from Mexico earned spots in the individual top-10.
This included Kylah Gore in third at plus-11. Emma Chedwick also tied for seventh place at plus-18 to help the Lady Bulldogs finish second as a team with a score of 381, positioning them behind Macon at 370, but ahead of Gallatin, Kirksville and Chillicothe with 384, 392 and 411, respectively. Palmyra also came in sixth at 478.
"Kylah came through with a very consistent round, which is exactly what we needed from her. She has been through the pressure of Sectionals before and had a game plan going in, with a very realistic goal she was confident she could meet," said coach Lindsey Yancey. "Emma Chedwick has been to Sectionals three times. She missed the cut for state by just a few strokes last year. She really showed maturity. She was not happy with her score of 90, but she had a good round and was a good leader."
Lilly Knipfel had quite a day for Mexico, as well, tying for 12th with a plus-26 and Betsy Pascoe was 31st at plus-38. Emma Unger also finished 38th with a score of plus-45.
"Betsy Pascoe was a big difference maker for us. She was our last player to come in," Yancey said. "It looked like we were losing to Gallatin by four strokes until Betsy came in, her round was several strokes over average but close enough that she provided just what we needed. She has spent the last week getting squared away again and it showed. She was exactly what we were waiting for and she came through for the team in a big way."
Paris also had several individuals in action at this event, such as Sharon Schoonover at plus-28 in a tie for 16th, Aurea Rucker shot a plus-48 to end up in a three-way tie for 42nd and Amber Chapman tied for 46th at plus-52. Centralia, on the other hand, wasn't quite as successful as Samantha Teel deadlocked with two others to come in 34th with a score of plus-43.
"The Sectional tournament is a very difficult day. The stress really affects the girls golfing, so you can see not only our team score, but also the individual scores of the sectional qualifiers were well above their average," said Yancey. "Our goal all season has been to take our varsity to state as a team, a feat we have not accomplished since 1997. We have had many years were our Mexico team was talented enough to make it as a team, but the pressure of the event became overwhelming."
The Lady Bulldogs next compete at the Class 1 state meet Oct. 9-10 at the par-71 Columbia Country Club.
"I cannot tell you how excited I am to be coaching this group of young ladies. They are talented and hard working, they have great attitudes and do not give in, even in the difficult times," said Yancey. "Days like Monday are where they really display all they can do, even when the day is tough. We are thrilled to represent Mexico next week, this is what we've been working for."