MARYVILLE, Mo. — Despite a strong performance from Maryville senior Emily Long, Savannah was able to halt the Spoofhounds from going back-to-back as district champions — claiming that feat for itself.
Long, who posted an 18-hole score of 87, was the top performer individually on the day to win the Class 1 District 8 individual crown. The goal coming into the season was to capture another district championship, Long said. With high expectations coming into the meet, she had a different outcome pictured in her head than what occurred at Mozingo Lake Golf Course.
“I’m kind of surprised, I’m not going to lie” Long said. “But I’m glad that we pulled it together because Hadley (Mundorf) and Lauren (Padgitt) had a personal record.”
Savannah was spearheaded by Zoe Matlack with a total score of 110. The combined efforts from the Savages were good enough for a composite total of 461, leaving them six strokes ahead of the second-place Spoofhounds.
Mozingo, a traditionally tough course as is, was plagued with wet conditions due to cold weather coupled with early tee-times. Something that affected the golfers that were pegged with tee times that were earlier than others, Maryville coach Brenda Ricks said.
“I was looking forward to this day because we did have the home course advantage,” Ricks said. “... Everybody seemed to be struggling, well not everybody but — I’m pleased with second. I was after the district title again but we didn’t get it.”
Behind the strong performances via Savannah and Maryville, Lafayette came in third with a score of 489 and led by Caroline Ruden. Ruden placed second individually with a score of 94.
Although the top three teams were MEC foes, Savannah’s complete, well-rounded performance is ultimately what set the Savages ahead of every other team. Where other teams faltered towards the bottom of their lineups, the Savages top performance from Matlack, who was Savannah’s third golfer on the day.
“That’s one of the things that we’ve tried to focus on all season, just keeping the ball in the fairway,” Ricks said. “Savannah just did a better job at that today and put themselves in better places to take advantage of opportunities.”
Class 1 District 7
Three area golfers advanced on in in Plattsburg’s Abigail Daffron, East Buchanan’s Madison Jessen and Benton’s Olivia Walters. Daffron was the top finisher, coming in at a tie for sixth.
Class 2 District 8
A pair of Central Indians advanced on to sectionals Monday. Alexis Starks placed 17th with a 33-over round, which Lauren Duvall came in 20th three strokes back.