Even though the Mexico varsity girls golf team is well aware it has tough matchups ahead that includes trips to the Kirksville Country Club on Sept. 4 and Boonville on Sept. 7 while the JV preps for a journey to Paris on Sept. 5, all the squad was focusing on Tuesday was beating Centralia.

Head coach Lindey Yancey knew she wanted to get the Lady Bulldogs season off to a good start, but with the Lady Panthers being perenial contenders and New Bloomfield not making things easier for either squad, this might have been just the first meet of the year for all involved, but the stress was real. That's what made Mexico's Kylah Gore the difference maker with a score of 41 because it allowed her team to win with an overall mark of 210, placing them just ahead of Centralia with 213 and New Bloomfield at 222. Allison Mundy also placed second as an individual at the Mexico Country Club for the Lady Bulldogs by carding a 54.

"The first match of the year is always a long and frustrating ordeal, and last night was no exception. Kylah had a really great round of golf and even though she left a couple shots out there she came through with medalist honors and was a great leader for the team," Yancey said. "Allison is back after having to take a break last year due to injury and she is playing well, it is good to have her back."

Taking third for Mexico was Betsy Pascoe at 57, Emma Unger and Sarah Kasubke both came in with 58's and Mary Nowling shot a 69. Quin Manns also carded a 70 and posting scores of 71 and 72, respectively, were Raven Azdell and Jennifer Batts.

"My seniors are working through some kinks right now but I expect some improvement in scores in the coming weeks as we get back into shape for competition," said Yancey. "Overall it is always good to open the season with a win and the girls worked hard last night, especially with the heat we were dealing with, so I am pleased with the outcome for our opening night."
Mexico next competes at Arthur Hills against Southern Boone, Palmyra and Harrisburg on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Mexico. After that the team is at the Kirksville Country Club for a tournament on Sept. 4 at 9:00 a.m.