Eldon’s Kassidy Hull bests a field of 100

A total of 21 schools and 100 golfers took on 18 holes at the Helias Tournament in Jefferson City on Wednesday.

Golfers representing Eldon, Osage and Camdenton were among them and by the time the final score card was turned in, Eldon’s Kassidy Hull claimed the top prize and earned the title of match medalist as the returning state qualifier turned in a round of 77 to finish 5-over-par. It was a performance that caught the attention of a rival coach who did not hesitate to commend the sophomore’s efforts.

“I want to say congratulations to Kassidy for winning the tournament yesterday. She is a great young lady and a talented player,” said Osage coach L.J. Weeks who was also pleased with his own team’s results. “She is one to keep an eye on in future tournaments.”

Rock Bridge claimed the top team prize finishing the day with a team score of 334. Meanwhile, Eldon finished 14th at 426, Osage tied for 15th at 4332 and Camdenton captured 19th at 491 respectively.

Rounding out the day for Eldon was Emallee Bennett who tied for 73rd at 111, Meladee Strickland who tied for 82nd at 116, Gracie Pedit who tied for 85th at 122 and Reece Henderson who placed 93rd at 131.

Osage was paced by Destiny Drake who carded a 104 to tie for 55th while Emily Maher shot a 107 to tie for 61st, Sydney Riley turned in a 108 to tie for 65th, Maddie Yoder put up a 113 to earn 77th and Chloe Dehner tied for 85th with a 122.

“While we did not place real high in the tournament, Osage had a great day yesterday,” Weeks stated. “The girls played well for their first 18-hole event of the season and all five lowered their scores from last year at this event.

“As a coach, these types of improvements are what I look for. This tells me that the girls are moving in the right direction and their hard work is paying off so I was very proud of their efforts.”

Camdenton’s Anna Grace Glor led the Lakers with a round of 116 to tie for 82nd while Allie Crowell placed 84th at 119, Ainsley Lowther carded a 127 to finish 89th, Korrin Lembke tied for 90th at 129 and Gracie Poe came in 92nd at 130.

Eldon and Osage were scheduled to be in tournament action again on Friday at Boonville with tee time at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Camdenton will play at home on Tuesday while Eldon takes on the Marshall Tournament at 9 a.m., the same day. Osage will return to action on Thursday when the Indians take a trip to Eldon for a battle at 4 p.m.