Three underclassmen competed in the women’s golf District tournament: sophomore Anna Hauser and freshmen Jenna Clark and Sarah Ewing.
Both Clark and Hauser moved on to Sectionals.
“I am really excited to get a freshman and sophomore to experience the sectional tournament,” Head coach Cory Morrison said.
A team score at the District tournament requires four golfers. Only three were competing; Clark and Hauser had to make it to Sectionals by placing in the top 15 individually.
Clark shot 91 and Hauser shot 100.
“They played a tough course well… they are learning a lot as Varsity players their first year of golf. [I am] proud of how all three played,” Morrison said.
The District tournament took place at Quail Creek Golf Club. The golf course is tied for the most difficult public course in the St. Louis area, according to Golf Adviser. Bunkers, narrow fairways and water hazards are just some of the challenges.
One thing that Clark attributes their success to is the team culture.
“I think we all get along pretty good. Whenever I would have a bad shot, you play with a teammate, and they pick you up and you can talk with them,” Clark said.
Assistant coach Joshua Spuhl also believes that their success partially stemmed from “the girls wanting to play well for each other.”
In the Sectionals tournament, neither Hauser or Clark moved on.
“Sectionals were very tough,” Spuhl said.
Despite the results, both coaches are optimistic about the future of the young team. This year was an opportunity for all three young players to experience the higher level.
“To be good players and students as freshmen/sophomores, they will do great things individually, but also set the tone for great leaders who join our program over the next few years as well,” Morrison said.
This is feature editor Lindsey Bennett’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year. She has attended JournalismSTL’s Spring Conference and MIPA’s J-Day.
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