Mexico's Lillian Grace Knipfel and Kylah Gore advanced out of the MSHSAA Class 1 District 2 girls golf tournament and qualified for the state playoffs.
Columbia's Lake of the Woods Golf Course played hostTuesday to the 18-hole event that attracted 54 individuals and 13 high schools that comprised a team score.
The top two teams and top 15 individuals that are not members of the top pair of teams at districts held across the state qualify for the state sectional playoff round that takes place next week.
Knipfel shot an 11-over-par 82 to tie for second place with Father Tolton Regional Catholic's Jayden Berrey, while Gore turned in a 93 to tie Tolton's Sidney Fessler for 10th place overall.
“It is really exciting to have Lilly place second for the tournament. She has had a rough couple rounds previously so this was a pleasant return to her normal golf game. Kylah also turned in a very strong round, and this is her fourth time earning all-district honors,” said Mexico girls golf coach Lindsey Yancey. “Kennedi Rowe also came in with a solid round, shooting a couple strokes below her average, which is outstanding considering this is her first time playing in the district tournament and as a freshman she has a bright future ahead of her for high school golf.”
The individual champion from this district is Parker Perry of MICDS as she carded a 7-over-par 79.
Other Mexico golf scores had Kennedi Rowe placing 28th overall with a 117, Harlee Aulbur was 38th (127) and Quinn Manns finished 47th (148).
“What really stuck out at me as the day went on is how steady and consistent our team performed. Generally the district tournament has plenty of drama, with no stroke limit and the added pressure of the day it can be expected for most players to have at least one hole, sometimes more than that, where they lose control and record a large number on their scorecard,” added coach Yancey. “For the most part, our players did not have that happen and I am really proud of the strength of their mental game to be able to face challenges and work through them with a clear head.”
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs placed fourth out of nine schools that comprised a team score.
The Class 1 District 2 team champion was Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School having a 356 score, which was five strokes better than second place Mary Institute Country Day School. Third place went to Southern Boone with a 384 score, Mexico had 419 and Blair Oaks took fifth having 429.
The Sectional 1 tournament also happens to be held in Columbia, however the Country Club of Missouri is hosting this state championship qualifier on Oct. 15.