The 2017-18 Missouri State High School Activities Association season-ending championship Class 1 meet doubled as a documentation of new highs for the Mexico varsity girls golf team, which finished fourth and was led by Emma Chedwick who finished tied for seventh as an individual with an 84.
Lilly Knipfel allso put up an 89 to finish 18th, Kylah Gore laid down a 92 to place 22nd and Betsy Pascoe shot a 109 to come in 66th. Emma Unger carded a 129 to grab the 90th spot, as well.
But, as head coach Lindsey Yancey knows all to well, graduation and what it can do to a roster is as annual event every team has to both endure and embrace.
"I have all of my team returning except my three graduates. So my notable returnees are Kylah Gore (All State, All District and All Conference golfer), Lilly Knipfel (All District and All Conference golfer), Betsy Pascoe and Emma Unger," said Yancey. "We lost Emma Chedwick (All State golfer last year), Rebecca Rothermich and Lizzy Gooch. These three girls have left a mark on our team. They were great leaders who shared a lot of their experience and wisdom with everyone else playing."
With a team score of 374 at last years state meet, the only squads to finish better than the Lady Bulldogs were Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) with 319, Pembroke Hill had 355 and John Burroughs was third at 358. That put Maryville in fifth with 400, Logan-Rogersville posted a 421 and Mt. Vernon came in seventh at 453.
"Last year we had a record setting season, we broke three school records for the women's golf program and finished fourth in the state tournament. We were 33-2-1 in the regular season," Yancey said. "We were the (North Central Missouri) Conference champion and the runner up at the district tournament. Our goal is to move from district to sectional to state as a team (this year)."
Despite losing a trio of athletes to graduation, because only one of those individuals actually was in action at the state meet, the leadership roles on this squad should be pretty much occupied. It's the depth of the roster that is now being addressed, some of which will see playing time sooner rather than later.
"Our team is led by Kylah Gore and Lilly Knipfel, who are both experienced golfers. Lilly is recovering from knee surgery and won't be able to play in the first few matches. We hope in the next couple weeks she'll be able to play," Yancey said. "They'll provide us with stability in the top positions and there's plenty of potential from my returning seniors this year. It's hard to anticipate what we'll do well but I predict that we'll have a winning season this year and will have players in the post season."
For this years playoffs Mexico has been assigned to Class 1, District 2, alongside Blair Oaks, Boonville, California, Centralia, Father Tolton, New Bloomfield, Russellville, Southern Boone, St. Clair and St. Francis Borgia.
"Our varsity roster will change throughout the season because whoever has the five best scoring averages gets to play on varsity. There are any number of girls who may fill that fifth spot throughout the season," said Yancey. "I anticipate Sarah Kasubke and Allison Mundy stepping in to varsity quite regularly. Any player in one of these top five positions could contribute to any match we play, it all depends on who has a good day that particular day."
MEXICO VARSITY GIRLS GOLF SCHEDULE 2018
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
8-28 Moberly, Centralia, New Bloomfield Mexico CC 4:00 p.m.
8-30 Harrisburg, Palmyra, Southern Boone Arthur Hills 4:00 p.m.
9-4 Kirksville Tournament Kirksville CC 9:00 a.m.
9-7 Boonville Tournament Boonville 9:00 a.m.
9-13 Westran Tournament Heritage Hills 4:00 p.m.
9-17 vs Russellville Arthur Hills 4:00 p.m.
9-18 at Macon and Chillicothe Macon 4:00 p.m.
9-20 at Helias and Palmyra Meadowlake, New Bloomfield 4:00 p.m.
9-24 North Central Missouri Conference Kirksville 9:00 a.m.
9-25 vs Moberly Mexico CC 4:00 p.m.
10-1 District Tournament TBA 9:00 a.m.
10-8 Sectional Tournament TBA 9:00 a.m.
10-15 to 10-16 MSHSAA State Golf Championships at Mozingo Lake Golf Course 9:00 a.m.