Hallie Jones fourth individually with 95. Team's 190 score in best-ball format event 15 back of champion Tarkio, marked improvement from 2016 showing
MARYVILLE, Mo. — While tiny Tarkio took both the individual and team titles, Chillicothe High School’s golf Lady Hornets improved substantially from their 2016 performance in Monday’s 2017 Maryville Invitational best-ball format golf tournament.
With freshman Hallie Jones posting the 18-holes tourney’s fourth-best individual round – a 47-48–95 – on the Mozingo Golf Course, Chillicothe generated a team score of 190, good for third place in the 12-team standings. That was 15 shots back of Tarkio and 13 behind the runnerup hosts.
“The Lady Hornets finished five spots better than their eighth place in 2016 and improved by 37 strokes,” proudly reports Bob Long, Chillicothe coach.
The tournament format had each school enter three 2-players tandems. On each hole, whichever of the two players’ score was best, that was their hole score. The two best tandem scores for each school then were used to compute the school’s team-standings score.
CHS coach Bob Long paired his preseason Nos. 1 and 2 players – Jones and Lexi Hargrave – as one entry, Hannah Haakonstad and Maddie Lamp as another, and Riley Brobst and Lauren Price as the third.
The Hargrave-Jones duo posted a 90 in the best-ball scoring and Lamp-Haakonstad a 100. When Price-Brobst did not better 100 (score not reported), the other two were used for the team computation.
Each player’s individual score on a hole also was tracked to determine an individual champion.
Lauren Quimby of Tarkio took that laurel with an 85, 10 strokes ahead of Jones’ fourth-best solo score.
The Chillicothe freshman parred holes No. 6, 12, 15, and 18.
“Hallie makes crucial putts consistently,” Long says of a key aspect of the youngster’s game.
Also in the top 16 individuals from CHS were Lamp with a 58-51–109 (14th) and Hargrave witha 55-56–111 (16th).
“Maddie (made) a par over the water on the par-3 15th” for the highlight of her round, Long relates.
Brobst was close behind Hargrave with a 54-59–113. Haakonstad, who paced the Lady Hornets in their initial competition of the season last week, had an “off” day with a 65-60–125, one stroke better than Price’s 62-64–126.
Next for CHS’ golf Lady Hornets is to be a triple-dual against Cameron and St. Joseph schools Benton and Lafayette at Cameron’s Veterans Memorial Golf Course Tuesday (Aug. 29) at 4 p.m.