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Richmond senior Mollie Blair will be making her third trip to the Missouri State Golf Tournament after shooting her personal best score Monday at the Class 1, District 6 Tournament. Blair shot a consistent round with a 48 on the front 9 and a 47 on the back on her home course at Shirkey. Her 95 placed her in a fifth-place tie and will be heading to the Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa for the state tournament Oct. 20 – 21.
Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said Blair is playing her best golf at the right time.
“Mollie looked really relaxed out there today, and was playing at a very comfortable pace which suits her game,” he said. “Mollie is in a zone right now when she’s playing that she doesn’t let a poor shot here or there spoil her entire round. She has really improved in that phase of her game and her ability to move past poor shots has really allowed her to play her best golf right now.”
Blair was the lone state qualifier for the Lady Spartans. Leslie Russell shot a 115 for Richmond, followed by Jordan Thoreson with 125, and Kadee McMillan with 137 as they played in their first-ever district tournament.
Although their seasons are over, Dennis felt his young Lady Spartans showed improvement as the season progressed.
“The girls need to continue to work at their games, and not make it just a sport they pick up and play when August rolls around,” Dennis said. “All of them have the potential to make it to state next year, but they’re going to have to play the game, and play it a lot more than just during the season.”
Pembroke Hill won its seventh consecutive district team title with a 358, while Excelsior Springs finished as the runner-up with 440. Richmond had a team total of 472, with Orrick shooting a 517, and Lawson ended the day with 467.
The Lady Bearcats failed to get anyone to the state tournament, but coach Courtney Adams said her team played well after getting off to a shaky start.
“All of the girls were disappointed in their scores,” she said. “District is a lot of pressure for the girls. Bailee (Jeffries, Bailey (Schreier) and Gabriella (Pigg) all started on the back and each lowered their scores on the second nine. Hopefully the girls will come out and play in the off-season and this summer. This was a building year for us with such a young team. I’m proud of the commitment and dedication the girls put forth.”
Kristee Harris had the low Orrick round with a 61-57 (118), with Schreier carding a 60-67 (127), followed by Malorie Arnold with 69-64 (133), Pigg with 62-77 (139) and Jeffries with 67-93 (160).
Lawson will be sending two golfers to the state tournament with Donna Gallman turning in the low Cardinal round with 54-52 (108) to finish in 11th, and Shelby Malott just one spot behind with 58-49 (107). Malott, a sophomore, will be making her second trip to the state tournament.
Also for Lawson, Paige Bennett shot 61-64 (125), followed by Kaitlin Hartman with 69-60 (129) and Savanna Corbett with 59-70 (129).
Excelsior Springs will also be sending a pair of Lady Tigers to state with Lauren Vandyne shooting a 97 to place seventh, and Erin Carmichael just making the cut with her 15th-place score of 111.
Pembroke Hill’s Mary Reed was the district medalist with 10-over par, 81, which edged her teammate, Evan Sterneck, by 4 shots. Alexa Dusseler of Barstow edged her teammate Caroline Wieland for third place with Dusseler carding an 88, and Wieland a shot back.