After a fourth-place finish last year, the goal for the Mount Vernon High School girls’ golf team was to better that spot at state this year.
But going into today’s final round, the Lady Mountaineers are right where they were last year.
The only local Class 1 team to qualify for state, Mount Vernon was in fourth Monday after the first day of competition at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield. The Lady Mountaineers are 70 strokes behind leader Westminister Christian, but 27 stokes away from third.
“It was a tough day and I think we can turn it around,” Mount Vernon coach Leah Clark said. “Our goal was top-3, so we have something to shoot for.”
Mount Vernon was led by Ashley Childers, whose 86 has her tied for 10th. Also among the trio in that spot is Rogersville’s Lyndsey Standage. Buffalo’s Taylor Abraham shot 90 and is tied for 17th.
“The course played longer than what we’re used to, and a big problem that affected everybody were the leaves everywhere, all over the course,” Clark said. “There were a lot of lost balls.”
Other than Childers, the other four Mount Vernon players shot higher than 100.
Individually, defending champion Brooke Cusumano of Westminster Chrisitian leads the pack at 75.
Teammate Jordan Wolf is one shot back.
In Class 2, Glendale sophomore Sun Jung had a good first nine but struggled after the turn. Jung, who took second at state last year, was 1-over on the front nine but made a couple of double bogeys on the back.
“You can tell by the scores, the golf course is really hard,” Glendale coach Sean Williamson said. “She’s tied for fourth and in the last group.”
Jung shot 80 and is tied for fourth place at Cape Girardeau’s The Dalhousie Golf Club.
Samantha Stout shot 84 and is in seventh after the first day.
West Plains is in sixth place with a score of 407, and the Lady Zizzers were led by Kelsy Temple (85, tied for eighth) and Courtney Cox (87, tied for 11th).