Story by Coach Bob Long
The Chillicothe Hornets remaining girls golf sectional
qualifiers, sophomores Lexi Hargrave and Riley Brobst, competed at the
Kirksville Country Club golf course in Kirksville. Macon won the team
competition with a score of 397, followed by Gallatin's score of 399.
Brookfield finished third in the closely contested team competition with
403. Paige Hawkins of Macon was the medalist, shooting an 86 on the par 71
course. Samantha Cornelius of Penney and Anna Lewis of Moberly tied for
runner-up, each with a round of 91.
Lexi Hargrave shot a 53 on her first nine holes (the
back nine), and followed with a 47 to complete the day with an even 100.
The score positioned Lexi at 17th out of the field of 50, but more
importantly 12th and a state qualifier after the top two teams were given
automatic qualification. Lexi began the day playing extremely well, after
bogeying the first hole, she parred her second hole of the day. The par 4,
eleventh hole sits between a lake and out of bounds stakes. Lexi's third
shot circled the cup, before resting within tap in distance. Hargrave also
had par on the par 3 fourteenth. Needing her best performance of the
season to qualify, Lexi parred the par 3 third, and the sixth and eighth
holes (both par 5's). On a course with greens that are faster, smaller and
more sloped than she is used to, Lexi played terrific 50 yards and in. Her
chipping and putting was the best it has ever been. Lexi will compete in
the State Golf Championship Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11 at
the Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in Jefferson City. Hornet Riley Brobst
got off to a rough start. Despite moments of brilliance, par on the
eleventh, fourteenth and seventh, she wasn't able to put together her best
performance, shooting a 125. The sophomore is extremely talented and will
undoubtedly return for another opportunity in 2017.
The Girls Golf banquet was held Thursday, September 29
at Royal Inn Pizza. Jensen Simmer and Anna Shackelford received
provisional letters. Lauren Price and Maddie Lamp each earned a varsity
letter and two bars after receiving provisional letters last season.
Hannah Haakonstad and Riley Brobst each earned their initial varsity
letter. Lexi Hargrave and Hannah Sherrow each earned their second varsity
letter. Hannah Sherrow received the Roger Cranmer Award, for the Most
Outstanding Golfer of the season. With all underclassman this year, next
season will be competitive and successful.