With sectional tournament-best 392 team score Monday (Oct. 8, 2018), Lady Hornets will send full squad to state tourney at Maryville next week. FIrst team qualification since 2005. Jones third individually in play at Moberly
MOBERLY, Mo. — The Chillicothe (Mo.) High School golf Lady Hornets backed up their district-title-winning 389 a week earlier with a 392 Monday (Oct. 8, 2018) to claim the top state-qualifying spot in the Class 1 Sectional 3 Tournament.
Playing the par-70 Heritage Hills Golf Course just west of Moberly, the Lady Hornets earned their first team trip to state since 2005 by comfortably out-shooting the Kirksville, Palmyra, and Marshall teams. CHS’ low-4 total gave it an 11-strokes cushion over runnerup and also state-qualifying Kirksville. Palmyra was 29 shots back of Chillicothe at 421 and Marshall five swings behind that.
Representing CHS at the state tournament at Maryville’s Mozingo Lake Recreation Golf Course next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, will be seniors Riley Brobst, Hannah Haakonstad, and Maddie Lamp and sophomores Gabby Hapes and Hallie Jones.
For Jones, who had the third-best individual score of the sectional action with a 93, it will be a repeat trip to state. The other four will get their first taste, but – for the three seniors – at a familiar course. This season began for Chillicothe at the Mozingo layout with the Maryville Invitational Tournament, a mixed-format tourney and each of the top four CHS players also competed there last year.
Hapes did not participate in this year’s Aug. 27 event, so it will be a new experience all around for her.
Brobst came close to matching Jones’ score at Moberly, carding a 95 that tied for the seventh-best individual round.
Lamp and Haakonstad, who have scored remarkably similarly over the course of the season, ended up with matching 102s at sectional. Like Brobst, they were slightly better than their season averages – through 162 holes in competition this season, Haakonstad and Lamp are within six total strokes of each other.
Hapes, like her classmate, was a smidgen above her season average with her 107.
Chillicothe’s four “counting” players all finished among the 17 lowest scorers overall, so enough Lady Hornets would have advanced to state individually, if CHS hadn’t claimed one of the two team berth, for CHS to be included in the state team competition, as well. However, by claiming a team berth, it means all five Lady Hornets will be on the course next week, giving it a bit of scoring flexibility, since team competition at Maryville again will utilize the four best scores a school produces. Should one player have a particularly bad day or two in the 2-days tournament, it won’t necessarily drag the team score down, if the other four do reasonably well.
In addition to Chillicothe’s Lady Hornets being fully represented at next week’s state play, senior Samantha “Sam” Cornelius of Hamilton’s Lady Hornets will be there, too, after firing a sectional-best 77 Monday. She bested Abby Boyer of Kirksville again, as she did at district in Chillicothe. Boyer posted an 85, exactly halfway between Cornelius and Jones.
There was one nearby school “casualty” Monday. Southwest Livingston’s Meredith Oesch played fairly well, but wound up with a 109. That tied her for 31st place, seven strokes away from the state-qualifying cutoff total.
Trenton’s Werthen Gass (94) and Brookfield’s Laken Sattman (96) and Demi Downey (102) each earned the right to go to state.