Some great shots went to waste on Monday. Just 18 holes will decide the 2014 state champion in Class 2 girls golf.
Meanwhile, at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mount Vernon’s Ashley Childers fought through tough conditions to card a par 72 score and claim a 2-stroke lead headed into the final 18 holes of the Class 1 state tournament.
Sarah Bell of Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) holds second place after the first day.
Springfield-area notables include Paige Moles of Marshfield (who sits nine shots off the lead), Lyndsey Standage of Rogersville (who logged an opening-round score of 84) and Meredith Sharp of Greenwood, a sophomore who carded a 99 in the first round of her second state championship appearance.
The Class 2 championship began three hours later than scheduled at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin. With moderate to heavy drizzle falling, Glendale senior Sun Young Jung set out to win her second state championship. Coach Ron Yocum tries not to talk to Jung during play, but did offer some advice as the course conditions deteriorated.
“I told Sun, there’s going to be people falling off one after another and just keep hitting one good shot after another,” Yocum said.
Jung sunk a putt for par on her 11th hole as drizzle turned to rain and wind gusts sent umbrellas flying and players running for cover.
“Toward the end, it was kind of like “Caddyshack,” when the wind is blowing the rain sideways,” Kickapoo coach Angie Odom said.
Kickapoo sophomore Ari Acuff was 5-over par after nine holes, but the score won’t count. By Missouri State High School Activities Association rules, players must complete the first 14 holes of a 36-hole tournament in order for scores to carry to the next day.
With scores from the first day wiped out by rain, the final round becomes more definitive in Class 2. The best score wins it all.
“She was playing well, and she was putting really, really well,” Odom said of Acuff’s play through 10 holes. “I told her, under the conditions that was fantastic.”