Eldon's Hull earns All-State honors

Cold temperatures, frost, sleet and snow.

Not exactly the most ideal conditions for any round of golf, let alone the state tournament, but that is what some of the conditions were like heading into the Class 1 Championship at Mozingo Lake Recreational Park Course in Maryville on Monday and Tuesday. Eldon sophomore Kassidy Hull and Osage sophomore Sydney Riley were amongst a field of 90 golfers playing two rounds of 18 holes to decide a state champion.

By the time the scores were all added up, Hull finished seventh with a score of 167 to earn All-State honors, just 13 strokes off the state champion from Springfield Catholic. Riley, playing in her first state tournament, finished 72nd with a two-day total of 224 respectively.

Hull carded an 83 on her first day, just 10 strokes over par, which put her in third place. Although she finished the second day just one stroke worse, she made history by becoming the first All-State medalist in the history of the program.

I could not be more excited for her,” Eldon coach Matt Frey said. “As a sophomore, placing seventh in the state his a huge accomplishment.”

Frey noted that Hull had a few bad breaks on the second day, but that was common for any golfer.

“She pushed through and played great. She probably had one of her best ball-striking rounds of the year,” the coach stated. “The course was extremely long with a lot of elevation changes and paired with the cold temperatures, it made it a good hard test for golf.”

Being just a sophomore, Hull will have two more years on the links for the Mustangs and Frey cannot wait to see what the future holds.

“The next two years should be a fun and exciting ride to see what she can accomplish,” he said.

When Riley and Weeks arrived at the course on Sunday for a practice round, the session was cut short due to sleet and on Monday, the first round was delayed due to cold temperatures and frost so the sophomore did not tee off until the afternoon. The first round had to be finished the next day due to loss of sunlight and that was also delayed by some frost so the second round had to be played quickly on Tuesday.

Despite all that, it was not a bad experience for the young sophomore.

“She did not score as well as she was wanting, but she was pleased with her first trip,” Weeks said of the event. “The course and weather conditions were a little different than what she is used to. Being as cold and windy as it was, everyone had to wear a few extra layers and that affects how you swing a club so it took some getting used to.”

Riley put up a round of 114 to start off her state tournament and finished with a 110 on the second day. With another two years of high school golf to go, she will be eager to only continue improving her standing and making a trip to state.

“She was happy that she moved up some in the standings from where she started the tournament at,” Weeks said. “She is excited about working on her game between now and next fall. I think now that she’s gotten a taste of success and was able to play with the best in the state, she is motivated to make a return trip.”

Hopefully, the temperatures will be a little warmer.