Lady Crusaders Golf Shoots Second at Smith-Cotton By Rylee Lorts

The Helias Lady Crusaders left school at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, for a nine-hole golf match at the Sedalia country club, home to the Smith-Cotton lady golfers. Helias competed against three teams: Jefferson City, Sedalia Smith-Cotton, and Warrensburg. Their previous matches have included only the varsity team, but this was the junior varsity’s first match of the year. So far this season, the varsity team together has averaged 182 for nine-hole matches.

“Right now we are doing pretty good, hitting pretty solid, better than I’d thought we’d be,” said Alex Nelson Lady Crusader golf player. “So keep your hopes up.”

When arriving at the golf course, the girls unloaded their golf clubs and pushcarts and headed over to the putting green to get some practice before the match started. As they warmed up, the four head coaches discussed the rules and regulations for the golf match that day. When they were finished, they headed out to have a team discussion with their respective team.

After personal team discussions, the home team’s coach, Coach Guffy called the teams together to discuss several details related to the rules before they went out and played.

“Play the course as normal,” said Coach Guffy of the Sedalia Tigers. “Play double par to speed things up.”

After that, the girls were off to play the course.

After all the drives, chips, and putts, the Helias Lady Crusader golf team shot a 189 overall, taking second place in the match. Individually the varsity girls carded 46 (Mia Millard), 47 (Alex Nelson) 47 (Jayden Ralston), 49 (Reese Hamilton) and a 53 (Rylee Lorts).  First place went to Warrensburg, whereas second went to the Lady Crusaders golf team.

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