She was a crucial part of the Camdenton High School girls' golf team that just missed qualifying for state last fall, and her golf career isn't over just yet. Cassie Kennedy, a 2011 graduate of CHS, said she plans to join the girls' golf team at William Woods University in Fulton this fall.


She was a crucial part of the Camdenton High School girls' golf team that just missed qualifying for state last fall, and her golf career isn't over just yet.

Cassie Kennedy, a 2011 graduate of CHS, said she plans to join the girls' golf team at William Woods University in Fulton this fall.

"I'm really excited," Kennedy said Monday during LOJGA play at Lake Valley in Camdenton. "I really like golf, and I didn't want it to end after high school. Playing golf in college is something not a lot of people get to do."

Kennedy will once again be golfing with CHS teammate and Class 2 state champion Joni Purvis, who received a scholarship to play at William Woods.

"Joni and I have been golfing together for such a long time — it's cool that we get to keep doing it," Kennedy said. "Just having someone familiar there will help with being nervous or unsure."

While playing in the Class 2 state tournament last fall, Kennedy and Purvis spoke with William Woods coach Barry Doty.

"He talked with us and everything he said sounded really good and like something I wanted to be a part of," Kennedy said. "They have a good program there."

The Owls placed ninth at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship in May, including their best team score in program history for the event. William Woods has qualified for the national tournament in seven of the past eight seasons.

LOJGA alums on the William Woods squad include Stephanie Bruemmer (Helias Catholic High School) and Naomi Starr (Southern Boone High School).

Kennedy said she hasn't decided on a major yet, but plans to keep her options open.
"I hear majors change a lot," Kennedy said. "I'm just going to take general education to start and go from there."

Other notes

It was a good day for Morgan County golfers at Lake Valley on Monday. Kyle Nolawski, a 2011 graduate of Versailles High School, won the boys' 16-18 division. Though he is an LOJGA veteran, it marked Nolawski's first tournament title in the series. "I finally won one of these things," Nolawski said afterwards. Stover's Jensen Bauer won the girls' 9-hole division...

Much like Deer Chase last week, it was a day of hot weather and long waits between holes for many golfers. Players tried to stay cool by waiting in the shade under trees and cooling down with wet towels...

The LOJGA regular season ends next week, July 25, at Redfield in Eugene. The Eldon tournament that was rained out on June 27 will not be made up...

Results, once available, will be published in the Lake Sun and posted online at lakenewsonline.com/sports. Look out for photo galleries later this week in the Lake Sun and online as well.