Every Missouri golf course has its unique challenges. For the Crowne Pointe Golf Course in Farmington, it’s the rough. Crowne Pointe is well regarded for its well maintained greens and fairways but if one shot strays even a little from the short stuff, a round can go downhill fast. St. Gen girls golf coach Rachel McDaniel tried warn her team early and often about this potential pitfall as the Dragons finished 2nd with a score of 228. “We talk about it and prepare for it every year, but the rough at Crown Pointe had our number today. It’s thick so it’s hard to find the golf ball and it’s hard to swing through”.
This was a tri-match event between Farmington, Ste. Genevieve and Jackson High Schools playing the front nine, par 36. Jackson was able to come out on top, with two of their players registering a 39 and overall scoring 160. The Ste. Gen girls came in second with a score of 228 with no one being able to break 50. Farmington did not register a score.
Coach McDaniel thought that her team were mentally tough and “fought for every shot. We focus so much on staying positive and even on the golf course”.
Etta Heller, junior, was the low scorer of the day shooting a 51. McDaniel said that, “Etta had a great round with four pars on the card (including both par 3’s) and a couple of bogeys. She got punished for a couple of errant shots today but really turned in another solid round”. McDaniel believes that Heller will continue to improve and is “on the brink only shooting in the 40’s”.
Next was senior Boston Williams, who shot a 55. McDaniel though that “Boston also turned in a solid round today. She started off her round rough but persevered through the last 8 holes to be a strong contributor to the team”.
Brooke Turner and Addie Taylor weren’t far behind, shooting 58 and 64, respectively. McDaniel sees big things on the horizon stating, “Turner and Taylor let their positive attitudes carry them through their rounds. Brooke scored well on the par 3s, carding two bogeys. Addie took a par on the par 3, 8th hole. These are two golfers that are dangerously close to a scoring breakthrough as well”.
Youngster Lani Yamnitz scored a 66 on the day as the sophomore made her first varsity outing. McDaniel felt Yamnitz had a very respectable first showing on the links saying, “her swing looked smooth and natural all day. She struggled with the rough early on but recovered quickly”.
Last but certainly not least, junior Regean Naeger finished one shot behind Yamnitz with a 67 on the day. Naeger impressed McDaniel with her resiliency in the face of injury.” Naeger sarted off strong but struggled towards the end of the round. She’s still battling a sore back but never says a word about it on the course; she’s too focused on the task at hand. I’m hoping we can get her back figured out so we can turn her scores around.”
The Dragon girls will be back on the links next Monday at home in another tri-match against Notre Dame and Jackson.