Willard, MO (For Ozarks Sports Zone) -- The consistent scores of Mount Vernon’s Megan Pope and Ashley Childers led the Lady Mountaineers to victory in the sixth annual Willard Invitational on Thursday.
Lady Mountaineers Megan Pope finished second overall with a steady 83, closely followed by teammate Ashley Childers with 84.
Mt. Vernon turned in a tournament low of 360. Rogersville followed with a 397.
“Course conditions are challenging”, said Lady Mountaineers head coach Leah Clark. “The greens are firm and there are some tricky pin cuts”. Clark said the course was in overall good condition. The winds were not considered to be a factor. “I expect me team to do wel,", Clark said.
Fifth-year Rogersville head coach Heather Pummill said that she expected her team to finish in the top tier as well. Her expectations were met with her team’s second place finish.
Led by freshman Lyndsey Standages best in tournament 80, the Rogersville ladies finished eleven strokes ahead of third place Ozark.
Standage carded nine pars on the sunny, but humid day.
Tournament coordinator and Willard head coach Matt Stone said that the decision was made to play the ball up.
“Playing the ball up usually contributes to lower scores and an overall higher level enjoyment of the game”, Stone said. The decision did not reflect course conditions, which he said were excellent.
Twelve teams competed with a wide range of talent and skill levels, including Willard freshman Brook Mitchals, who carded 121.
Mitchals said that playing with competitors with more experience and increased skill levels can be intimidating. “But it motivates me to play better too”, she said. Mitchals said that she loves team golf and has a lot of fun playing in tournaments and every day with her parents.
She credits much of her infectious enthusiasm for the game to her parents and siblings.
The Mount Vernon Lady Mountaineers finished an impressive fourth place in the Class 1 state tournament, tops among Ozarks teams last year.