Smith-Cotton girl’s golf grew a little more against Helias, Jefferson City and Warrensburg for a quad match Monday at the Sedalia Country Club.
Though the Lady Tigers finished fourth — Warrensburg claimed first at 181 — head coach Chris Guffey said the team is improving on its inexperienced foundation.
“Right now we’re just trying to get them out to play golf, more than anything,” Guffey said. “We’re trying to develop a love for the game, and hopefully we can develop our skills after that.”
The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers have four freshman on its team, and have enough student-athletes for a 5-girl, varsity and junior varsity card.
“We have a number of girls that are just starting out,” Guffey said. “I feel like we’re building a program. We’re not where we want to be just yet, but we’re getting there.”
Helias finished runner-up, shooting 189 as a team. Jefferson City finished at 210, with Smith-Cotton two strokes behind. Warrensburg’s Taylor Black was medalist, shooting a 9-hole score of 39.
McKenna Perusich, sophomore, said forming a routine helps improve her game.
“I, personally, struggle having a swing routine to do every time,” Perusich said. “And that comes with practice.”
Brooklyn Boeschen, who began golfing her freshman year, said she’s given advice to newcomers in 2016.
“You have good days and bad days,” Boeschen said. “Just keep going. Don’t get in the trees, and try and stay away from the water.”
Boeschen shot a 53, tying with teammate Taylor Fisher. Annie Guier had the low score for Smith-Cotton, shooting a 50.
The team has put in work off the course, too. Lady Tiger golfers host two slumber parties a year. Guier typically plays host, but Reagan Braverman is in charge of a pre-homecoming get-together this fall, where the team can complete its homecoming float. She also mentioned tastier incentives.
“We always get ice cream cake and pizza,” Braverman said.
Smith-Cotton plays at the Helias Invitational at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield on Wednesday.
Taylor Black, 39
Kayla Kimbley, 45
Natalie Fatka, 45
Lauren Snare, 52
Hayli Tawzer, 52
Helias – 189
Alex Nelson, 47
Mia Millard, 46
Rylee Lorts, 53
Reese Hamilton, 49
Jayden Ralston, 47
Jefferson City – 210
Valerie Hurt, 60
Lily Thorp, 54
Emma Hall, 55
Maggie Noble, 53
Christa Kiesling, 48
Smith-Cotton – 212
Annie Guier, 50
Taylor Fisher, 53
Brooklyn Boeschen, 53
McKenna Perusich, 59
Gracie Hoffheins, 60
Helias – 194
Jefferson City – 241
Warrensburg – 251
Smith-Cotton – 259
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