The girls golf team season ended Monday, October 2 after they finished tied for third place and failed to qualify for state while competing in their sectional tournament at the National Golf Club in Parkville, Missouri. However, three girls qualified for state as individuals.
“Unfortunately, this year, our team didn’t evolve as it has in the past and I truly feel that’s why our entire team didn’t qualify. We have qualified our team the past five years so that was a disappointment to us,” Head Coach Jill Courter said.
With the team season over, the spotlight transitions to the girls who qualified for state individually. Senior Jordan Marshall, junior Sierra Heuston and sophomore Lauren Muller all managed to score under the cut off line to make it to state.
“They will play their best. It’s hard at state, especially the first day when you’ve got lots of nervous energy. There’s not room for that in golf when it’s such a mental game anyway, but it’s part of it. They have been in competitive situations and tournaments many times, so I’m confident they will do great,” Courter said.
Heuston has been at her best lately and looks to take that momentum up to Sedalia for state. After winning the Suburban Big Seven Conference Championship Individual title, Heuston then went on to take fifth at Sectionals. Results like that require a strong commitment in a tough sport such as golf, and Heuston has been hard at work for quite some time.
“I’ve been golfing since I was eight years old, and I’ve done a lot of summer golf leagues and lots of tournaments with my dad over the years. I’m very committed and passionate about golf. I love it and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it,” Heuston said.
While Heuston has been hard at work for a while, she feels that she made has made a huge leap forward from last season to this one.
“At the beginning of the season I didn’t think I’d make it individually because of my scores last season but I’ve worked hard and improved a lot during this season. I’m very happy to have made it, especially with my two other teammates,” Heuston said.
One of those teammates has been a part of this team for all four years of her high school career, and with one more tournament left to go, Coach Courter harks back on how much she will be missed as the curtain closes on her Wildcats golf career.
“We are really going to miss our senior Jordan Marshall. She’s contributed so much the past four years to this team. I’m excited that she qualified for state as this will be her fourth year in a row to go,” Courter said.
All eyes are on those three girls as they get ready for a big two days at state today and tomorrow at the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia, Missouri.