With a broken right hand making every shot painful, Kara Harwood finished in second place in the Class 1, District 3 golf tournament. School of the Osage sends two golfers to the Class 1, Section 2 tournament at Silo Ridge.
With a broken right hand making every shot painful, Kara Harwood finished in second place in the Class 1, District 3 golf tournament. The round of 83 at Redfield in Eugene puts Eldon High School's only ladies golfer into a sectional tournament next week, 18 holes away from the state championship.
Another player's errant shot at the Smith-Cotton Classic in Sedalia broke Harwood's right hand just two weeks ago. The injury left Harwood unable to practice. She played just two holes the day before the district tournament and stopped practice when the pain in her hand became too intense. Already defying the odds with no teammates to back her up, Harwood decided to gut out 18 holes on Wednesday.
"It hurt every hole, but you just have to get over that fact and just play," Harwood said.
The broken hand left Harwood unable to use her normal interlocking grip on her golf clubs. She went to a "baseball grip," but had little opportunity to practice before the first hole of districts. Harwood almost didn't compete on Wednesday, but notified coach Chuck Campbell that she would play the night before the tournament.
Aided by a numbing cream, Harwood played the front nine in 39 strokes. A 44 on the back nine put her in second place behind Southern Boone's Payton Schooler, who won the tournament with a 79.
"I had some trouble on the back nine, there were some harder holes. Other than that, I did pretty well," Harwood said.
The lone Lady Mustang advances to the sectional qualifier next week at Silo Ridge in Bolivar. Harwood played for Eldon's boys golf team up until this season because Eldon did not sponsor girls golf. Harwood decided to go it alone this fall with one ultimate goal: qualify for the state championship. A good showing at sectionals will get here there.
"I'm very excited. My hand should almost be completely healed in about a week, a week and a half. By that time, I should be able to go back to my old grip," Harwood said.
Harwood will play in the sectional tournament next Wednesday at Silo Ridge in Bolivar. The field of around 50 will be cut approximately in half, with the top two teams and top 15 individuals moving on to the state championship.
School of the Osage sends two golfers to the Class 1, Section 2 tournament at Silo Ridge.
Junior Crystan Shafer's round of 111 put her in a tie for 15th place in the district qualifier. Senior Amanda Westbrook stumbled a bit on a difficult back nine at Redfield, but her round of 114 was good enough to make the cut and move on.
"Amanda has shaved so many strokes off of her game. Crystan is playing pretty consistently from last year," Osage coach Brenda Hayes said.
Hayes noted that as a senior, 2010 is Westbrook's last chance in high school golf.
"She worked all summer and it payed off. I think she can see the rewards of that," Hayes said.
As a team, Osage placed ninth in its district.
"They came out and shot about what I thought they would shoot. It's a hard course, a lot of water. I'm proud of what they did. I'm proud of my whole team, they did a great job and they are great girls," Hayes said.
The outing at Redfield marked the end of the season for senior Kimmy Brake and sophomore Katelyn Weeks. Hayes says Brake will be missed next season, when Osage stands to return just two players from this year's team.
Shafer and Westbrook will get one practice round in at Silo Ridge before teeing off next Wednesday with a chance to make the state tournament.
Class 1, District 3
1 Southern Boone 386
2 California 415
3 Cole Camp 472
4 New Bloomfield 480
5 Buffalo 482
6 Crocker 506
7 Sacred Heart 510
8 Green Ridge 524
9 Osage 526
1 Payton Schooler Southern Boone +7
2 Kara Harwood Eldon +11
3 Megan Keck Cole Camp +12
4 Teena Duhon Southern Boone +15
5 Miranda White Eugene +19
6 Tanner Roberts California +22
7 Alex Bankovich Sacred Heart +25
7 Ashtin Withers New Bloomfield +25
9 Andrea Knipp California +28
10 Missy Gerhart California +31
11 Taylor Abraham Buffalo +34
12 Katie Lee Crocker +35
13 Brittany Basinger Southern Boone +37
14 Taylor Eckhoff Cole Camp +38
15 Hailey Imhoff Southern Boone County +39
15 Crystan Shafer Osage +39