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  • Hayes set to play for state bragging rights

  • School of the Osage junior Taylor Hayes has joined an elite group in the ranks of junior golfers in the state of Missouri.
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  • School of the Osage junior Taylor Hayes has joined an elite group in the ranks of junior golfers in the state of Missouri.
    On June 11, Hayes completed her round at the WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon, playing for the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship, with an 8-over-par 152. Hayes shot a 79 in the first round and carded a 73 in the second round. That score placed her first in her flight and put her in consideration for another honor.
    Hayes has been selected as one of five players, chosen from the top finishers at the Junior Championship, who will represent Missouri in the Junior Girls Four State Team Championship.
    At the Four State Team Championship, the Missouri team will meet teams from Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. The tournament will be played at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake in Moravia, Iowa on June 23 and 24.
    The format consists of individual stroke play each day with the four low scores of each team added each day and totaled after the final round to determine the winner. The medalist is determined by the low two day total score.
    Missouri has won twelve titles since inception of this event in 1969 and is the defending Four State Junior Girls Champion.
    This is just the most recent accolade for what has become a storied junior golf career for Hayes. Hayes has been the district medalist for the past three consecutive years. She won the 2013 MGA Collegiate Preview and 2012 Gateway Junior PGA Championship. Hayes also won the title of 2013 MGA Player of the year, Gateway PGA player of the year ages 14-15 2012, and was a member of the Southern Cup Matches team in 2012 and 2013.

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