By ERIC X. VICCARO
ST. CLAIR — The Missouri State High School Activities Association has assigned the Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ golf team to Meramec Lakes Golf Course for its district meet.
The Dragons received a taste of what that experience will be like last week at the St. Clair Invitational — on the same course.
Meramec Lakes plays 4,757 yards from the red tees, and the course is a study in contrast with a flat front nine and quite hilly back nine.
“Although the course is short, the difficulty lies in the course management of blind tee shots, abundant native grass and wind,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Rachel McDaniel.
“I’m so proud of the way they handled themselves and managed this challenging course,” added McDaniel, who was extremely proud of the Dragons’ fourth-place team finish with 447 strokes.
McDaniel said she’s confident Ste. Genevieve can have success at the district on Monday, Oct. 12.
The Dragons will wrap up the regular season today with a home triangular against Jackson as well as Farmington. Ste. Genevieve played Jackson several times throughout the season.
Both Boston Williams and Addie Taylor earned medals with respective 19th and 20th place finishes. Medals were given to the top-20 performers.
Williams fired a 110, including a front-nine 52 and par on the 135-yard 14th.
Taylor carded a 111, with a 53 on the front side. She parred two holes, Holes No. 2 and 16 — both are par 3s.
McDaniel said Williams battled every shot and Taylor has emerged as a pleasant surprise this season with improvements to both her swing and short game from 100 yards on in.
Maggie Myracle nearly earned a medal, but she finished with a 112. Myracle recorded three bogeys on the front nine and recorded the Dragons’ best nine-hole score of the day (51 on the front). She’s working on some timing with her swing.
Lani Yamnitz provided Ste. Genevieve with its final counted score, with a 114, including four bogeys.