Ste. Gen Girls Sixth At District

By ERIC X. VICCARO

[email protected]

ST. CLAIR — Rain and wind affected play during the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2, District 1 Girls’ Golf Tournament on Oct. 12.

This marked the second time this season, Ste. Genevieve played Meramec Lakes Golf Course — and there were some subtle differences.

None of the Dragons scored low enough to qualify for the Class 2 state tournament, which took place Monday and Tuesday in the Jefferson City suburb of New Bloomfield.

However, head coach Rachel McDaniel was pleased with the Dragons’ performance on this weather-plagued day.

“It was tough,” McDaniel said. “It was a bit chilly, and it rained at one point. There was a 2-3 club wind all day. This did not stop the girls from posting their best 18-hole rounds of the year, in a tournament without a stroke limit. They gave it their all.”

McDaniel said a few of the holes were set up differently from when the girls first played Meramec Lakes on Sept. 30.

Shots went astray many times because of the sharp winds; however, the Dragons were able to make recoveries and not let errant shots get them down.

Boston Williams and Lani Yamnitz carded the Dragons’ best rounds, with both shooting 108s.

Williams, an experienced senior, recorded one par on Hole No. 16 to go along with eight bogeys during her round.

Yamnitz, a promising sophomore, recorded three pars and three bogeys in her single-round performance.

Addie Taylor had three par holes, and Brooke Turner two. Turner and Taylor also provided the Dragons with counted scores, 115 and 118, respectively.

Etta Heller, who also parred three holes during the tournament, rounded out the Dragons’ scores with a 120.

“Every girl improved drastically, and that’s how I measure success,” said McDaniel when recapping the entire season.

Overall, the Dragons tied St. Francis Borgia for sixth place out of 11 schools in competition. However, Ste. Genevieve had the lowest score among all the public schools involved.

The Dragons will lose Sydney Eisenbeis, Madison Vaeth, Williams, Turner and Taylor to graduation.