Camdenton’s Wilson earns match medalist

A good way for any team to find out what they are made of is to begin the season in tournament action.

Camdenton and Eldon got a pretty good idea of what they have in 2017 taking on 20 other schools from all over Missouri in the Laker Invitational on Wednesday at Lake Valley Country Club.

The Lakers finished fifth with a team score of 375 in the 18-hole tournament while the Mustangs put up a score of 431 respectively. Rock Bridge out of Columbia won the event with a score of 344.

“We had teams from throughout the state here so it was a good tournament to see how teams are playing this year,” Camdenton coach Jane Eidson said. “We are very proud and excited about our fifth place finish. It is a great start to the golf season and we will be looking for ways to drop strokes as we progress throughout the season.”

Camdenton may have finished fifth, but did not walk away without any highlights. Senior Amber Wilson won the event and earned the title of match medalist posting an impressive 3-under-par with a score of 69. Fellow seniors Jennah Schell and Coley Rezabek finished one stroke out of medal contention with scores of 88, sophomore Allie Crowell put up a round of 130 and junior Emily Hunter finished the day with a score of 139.

It was a good day for Eldon as well as freshman Kassidy Hull tied for sixth place overall with a score of 84 and earned the first medal of her Mustang career. Junior Emalee Bennett put up a score of 112, senior Wendi Dunstan finished the day at 117, senior Bri Henderson was right behind her at 118 and junior Meladee Strickland finished at 126.

“The team did better than expected going into our first event of the year,” Eldon coach Matt Frey said. “All the returning girls beat their best round scores from previous years and I could not be more pleased with their play. I am excited to see how the girls will do now that they have their first match out of the way.”

Eldon will take its next swings at Southern Boone on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Camdenton will return to the course on Wednesday for the Helias Tournament in Jefferson City where the Mustangs will also be competing.