Lakers, Mustangs and Indians send golfers to sectionals

Camdenton captures second district title in three years

It has been a fun season on the links for Camdenton this fall. Now, that season will get to go on a little longer.

The Lakers rolled into Class 2 District 5 action on their home course at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club on Monday with a record of 9-1 and did not skip a beat as they captured the program’s second team district title in three years with a score of 378. The next closest team was Ozark who finished 27 stokes behind Camdenton with a team score of 405.

“I am so proud of them,” Camdenton coach Jane Eidson said. “They came out and played their game and that is what they had to do. We came out on top and we are very excited about it.”

Camdenton produced three All-District golfers on Monday as a trio of Laker seniors made the top 15. Camdenton senior Amber Wilson shot a 1-under par of 71 to become the individual district champion, senior Jennah Schell shot an 87 to finish tied for third individually and senior Coley Rezabek scored a 102. Allie Crowell put up a 118 to round out the scoring and Emily Hunter did not get to finish her round due to some asthma complications. Since Camdenton took the team title, the Lakers qualified for sectionals as a team and Eidson is glad everyone gets to play another round of golf together.

“It is a big honor to have three All-District golfers and these senior girls have worked really hard. The other girls brought in the scores that we needed to finish it off,’ the coach stated. “It is great that we all get to move on together. It is hard when somebody has to stay home, but it will be fun next Monday when we all get to go play.”

Wilson, who has now won nine matches this season, earned her third straight individual district title and the senior said she could not ask for a better script.

“It is a pretty good feeling. I mean, for three years in a row you cannot ask for a much better senior year,” Wilson noted. “It kind of shows that hard work does pay off in the long run.”

The Lakers may have had a small advantage playing on their home course, but it did not really make a major impact in the end.

“It was a good advantage knowing what you are doing and where to go, but I mean at the end of the day you have to get it in the hole so it does not matter where you play,” Wilson remarked.

Another senior who saw her hard work pay off was Schell as she earned All-District honors for the second straight year. The senior said she felt good about her own accomplishments, but she may have been more excited that the Lakers will be taking their swings at sectionals as a team with a chance to go to state.

“It is pretty good,” Schell said of the feeling. “I did not really expect myself to actually place as an individual this year because a couple of tournaments were really rough this year. For us to be district champions again for the first time as a team since sophomore year, it is pretty amazing to have that feeling again. It is actually just a rush to be able to go to sectionals as a team.

“I feel like it is just going to be pumping to have the chance to possibly go to state as a team. That would pretty much be a dream come true for my senior year so I am hoping for it,” she added.

To make that happen, Camdenton will look to have another solid week of practice. Another district title has been added to the trophy case at Camdenton, but the work is not done yet.

“We need to just get a little more consistent and keep playing with confidence,” Eidson said in preparation of the sectional tournament. “That is a big part of it. We cannot get too rattled by anything and not let any bad shots we have bother us. We just have to move on.”

The Lakers will take their swings on Monday for a chance to go to state at Whispering Oaks Golf Course in Marshfield.

Eldon sends three golfers to sectionals

The golf season will continue for Eldon.

The Mustangs were in Class 1 District 2 action at Redfield Golf Course in Eugene on Monday and three golfers punched their ticket to the next round.

Eldon freshman Kassidy Hull finished second as the district runner-up with a score of 83 to earn All-District honors, Wendy Dunstan also earned All-District honors taking 14th with a 107 and Bri Henderson finished her day at 111 to advance to sectionals. Melody Strickland recorded a 121 and Emilee Bennett put up a 134 to round out the scoring and give the Mustangs a team score of 422, to finish third as a team in the district behind Father Tolton’s 389 and New Bloomfield’s 406.

While the most ideal finish would have been to see the entire team advance to the next round, Coach Matt Frey said he was proud of all of his golfers from top to bottom.

“I am super proud of the way the girls played this year. They all set a goal for themselves and most of them were able to reach it,” he noted. “I could not be more proud of my senior girls that made it to sectionals, but I am just as proud of the rest of the team that had such an amazing season. They lived up to all my season expectations and surpassed many of them, setting several Eldon girls’ golf team records.”

Now, Eldon will come back to some familiar territory as the Mustangs get to come home for sectionals on Monday at Eldon Country Club.

Osage qualifies four for sectionals

School of the Osage is moving on to the next round.

The Indians visited Marshfield Country Club in Marshfield on Monday for Class 1 District 3 action and four golfers advanced to sectionals where they will have a shot at qualifying for state.

Emily Maher led the Osage clubs with a round of 99, which earned her All-District honors for the second year in a row. Destiny Drake also advanced to sectionals for the second straight season while Sydney Riley and Greta Cooks also made the cut. Osage’s Maddie Yoder came up just short, but Osage coach L.J. Weeks pointed out that she also had a good day. Overall, Weeks is excited about not only the rest of this season but the future of the program going forward.

“It is fantastic that we are sending four girls to sectionals,” he stated. “This means we will also get to compete as a team. The fact that two freshmen are going is awesome and the future is bright for girl’s golf.”

Osage will fight for a shot at state on Monday at Frank E. Peters Golf Course in Nevada.