Eldon and Osage face off in quadrangular and Camdenton hosts quad at Deer Chase
Eldon and Osage tee off in quadrangular with Blair Oaks and Boonville
Four teams were on the links at Eldon Golf Club Thursday night as the hometown Mustangs welcomed rival Osage, Boonville and Blair Oaks in a 9-hole Tri-County Conference showdown.
The Falcons of Blair Oaks came away with the top team score after posting a 204 while Eldon came in second at 221, Osage finished third at 228 and Boonville placed fourth at 236.
It was a busy week for the Mustangs after an 18-hole tournament at Marshall on Tuesday and a trip to Jefferson City on Wednesday where Kassidy Hull was match medalist, but Eldon fell 181 to 206. On Thursday, Hull led Eldon once more as she posted a 43 while Emalee Bennett carded a 58, Gracie Petet and Meladee Strickland both shot a 60 and Reece Henderson turned in a round of 65.
"The girls were definitely feeling the effects of playing three times this week," Eldon coach Matt Frey said. "Even though we did not have our best last night, the girls had a positive attitude and told me they were ready to work on a few things Friday at practice. We have two matches next week and with a little rest I think they will snap back into form."
Osage was missing one of its top golfers Thursday night due to illness so it was a chance for some other Indians to shine. Destiny Drake and Maddie Yoder turned in the top scores for Osage after carding a 55 while Sydney Riley added a 58, Chloe Dehner recorded a 60 and Ella Dermott added a 70.
Dermott started playing the game a season ago while junior varsity golfer Kaylie Clark also took her first swings in competition.
"I am excited for the new girls to be competing," Osage coach L.J. Weeks noted. "They had fun and will be even more motivated to improve their games."
Osage and Eldon will meet again for another showdown on Monday at Osage National Golf Club. First swings are scheduled for 4 p.m.
Camdenton takes on Lebanon, California and Helias
Camdenton was back on the golf course Thursday night for a quadrangular with California, Lebanon and Helias at Deer Chase Golf Club and the Crusaders of Helias bested the field with a team score of 166.
It is not the typical home match for the Lakers who practice and play most of their matches at Lake Valley, but Camdenton coach Jo Beth Nicklas was pleased with her team's efforts on Thursday night as junior Allie Crowell led the way with a 9-hole round of 57.
"It is an amazing gem of a course in our district and what a treat to play it," Nicklas said.
"This young team continues to learn and reduce their stroke average in each match. Sophomores Anna Grace and Emma Price both posted their personal season best scores, junior rookie Korrin Lembke tied her personal best score from the Dixon match last week and juniors Ainsley Lowther and Gracie Poe also continue to help anchor the team, bringing with them needed experience from last year."
Camdenton was originally scheduled for tournament action in Sedalia on Monday, but will be visiting the Marshfield Country Club instead for the Strafford Tournament on Tuesday. Nicklas certainly does not mind the change in venue.
"Our districts will be played at Marshfield in a couple of weeks and we are anxious to play the course and see more of our competition in southwest Missouri that we will face in conference and district play."
The Lakers will hit the links on Tuesday at 9 a.m.