Shade Kirksville by six strokes with 389 Monday (Oct. 1, 2018) on home course; first team district crown since 2005. Advance to Oct. 8 state-qualifying sectional tourney at Moberly. Hamilton's Cornelius repeats as medalist. Southwest Livingston's Oesch moves on, too
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Last week, the 2018 Chillicothe High School golf Lady Hornets had memories and reporters harkening back to the state runnerup season of 2005 for one team accomplishment.
On Monday (Oct. 1), they did it again with another special accomplishment.
The veteran Lady Hornets, returning their young top player and three solid seniors from the 2017 roster that advanced to sectional competition as a team, stepped front and center in their most-important outing thus far this season, winning the Class 1 District 6 Tournament championship to again advance as a team to state-qualifying sectional play.
Led by sophomore Harlie Jones’ individual fourth-place 89 and supplemented by the other veterans – Maddie Lamp (97), Hannah Haakonstad (104), and Riley Brobst (99), the Lady Hornete carded a low-4 composite score of 389 to best tough Kirksville by six shots. Chillicothe was third a year ago behind Kirksville and Gallatin with a 403.
In addition to CHS’ full quintet – including freshman No. 5 player Gabby Hapes, who posted a very credible 110 of her own for the 18-holes event –moving on to next Monday's play at Moberly, Southwest Livingston High’s Meredith Oesch also kept her season going and state-tournament hopes alive. Oesch fired a rock-steady round of 50-50–100 to easily place among the 15 best scores of those players not on either of the two sectional-qualifying teams.
Area star Samantha “Sam” Cornelius of Hamilton continued to “own” Green Hills Golf Course. Individual champion of the last two Chillicothe Invitational tourneys there, she repeated as district champion with a 2-over-par 74 on the windy, mild day at the Chillicothe municipal course. A year ago, the Penney High phenom took the district title with an 80 at the La Plata Country Club course on her way to a seventh-place tie in the state tournament.
The sectional tournament in which the District 6 qualifiers will compete next week will occur on the Heritage Hills Golf Course, the former Moberly Country Club course, just west of Moberly on Route JJ.
(Additional details will be added to this story later tonight or tomorrow)