By ERIC X. VICCARO
JACKSON — The Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ golf team opened the season with a triangular at Kimbeland Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Even though the Dragons placed a distant third with 241 strokes, head coach Rachel McDaniel was encouraged by the results.
“First-match jitters were definitely present,” McDaniel said. “We struggled mentally to stay on our game. Coach (Ryan) Mueller and I will be working hard with the girls on staying focused. They are all very capable with a lot of potential.”
The Dragons played the front-nine at Kimbeland, which measured 2,350 yards from the red tees and played as a par-35.
The girls had to dodge a few raindrops, and the course was moist from showers earlier in the day.
Junior Etta Heller fired the low round for Ste. Genevieve with a 53, including a par on the long 445-yard Hole No. 3.
Heller also scored a couple of bogeys, on Holes Nos. 4 and 6.
“Etta had a good round,” McDaniel said. “She was striking the ball well.”
Boston Williams carded three double bogeys during her round, finishing with a 60.
“Boston struggled a little bit, but battled back mentally and physically,” McDaniel said regarding the senior. “I just have this feeling this will be her breakout season.”
Addie Taylor and Maggie Myracle both fired rounds of 64, and both players had one bogey on their round. Taylor bogeyed No. 4 while Myracle bogeyed the par-3 No. 6.