Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers Win Marshall Golf Invitational
Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers Golf won the Marshall Invitational with a score of 405 on Tuesday. Boonville was second with a score of 412.
Individual medalist was Kassidy Hull (Eldon) with a score of 82, who won by scorecard playoff over McKenna Stumph (Boonville), who also shot 82. For S-C, Taylor Fisher was fourth (95), Gracie Hofheins was fifth (97) and Morgan Mateja was eighth (105).
“The girls continue to work extremely hard. This is a team with four new starters, yet our team score is continuing to improve," said coach Chris Guffey. "From the first of the year, our team score has fallen 41 strokes. We still have a lot of work to do, but every tournament we keep getting better and better."
Notable is that six Lady Tigers recorded personal bests in Tuesday: Gracie Hofheins (97), Morgan Mateja (105), McKenna Perusich (108), Meredith Tester (109), Kelsey Sharp (110) and Ashley Fisher (132).
Guffey praised his team for its effort.
"The girls get all of the credit," he said. "They have worked really hard and I’m excited about their future, especially considering how young a team we are right now.”
In other S-C Tiger news, it was a tough night for the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers tennis team, which lost to Warrensburg, 6-3, Tuesday at Liberty Park.
S-C got wins from No. 1 singles player Elizabeth Matz, No. 5 singles player Anna Skipych and the No. 2 doubles team of Mariya Slipych and Jessica Kotok.
The No. 1 doubles team of Matz and Valentyna Usyk lost for the first time this season.
S-C is now 2-4 (1-2 WCC).
Smith-Cotton cross country had a good first meet Saturday at Belton, which had a 2-mile course rather than the typical 5K.
The girls were fourth, with top finishers Yoana Nandho (15th, 14:38) and Star Quetzecua (19th, 15:01). The Lady Tigers Grace Edgar (knee) was unable to compete.
The boys were fifth, led by Alex Beard (8th, 10:36) and Irvin Zalpa (14th, 10:54).