The Rolla golf team traveled to Camdenton for Districts on Monday, Sept. 25. Rolla went in with three golfers and two of them were able to advance to the Sectional meet next week.
The greens at Lake Valley gave most of the golfers a lot of trouble on Monday, but Rolla managed to push through some issues to qualify two players for Sectionals. Marliere Toothaker finished in 10th place overall with a 97 on the par 72 course. Audrey Collier finished in a tie for 15th with a 105. Jesse Coverdell was sick all day long, but she tried to fight through it to shoot a 131. Toothaker and Collier each earned All-District honors for their performances.
“It was great. We had a small team coming out and they worked really hard. It was nice to have all that one-on-one time. They were motivated and they worked really hard," said head coach Zack Nixon. "Jesse did not make it, and I hate to throw out excuses, but she was ill and she has only been out (playing golf) since July 31st. Marliere came back, Audrey came back. They followed the game plan. We had a goal attainment that they followed and I think it gave them purpose throughout the season and helped them perform. They did not have their best day, but hopefully that will happen at Sectionals and on into State.”
Coach Nixon was particularly proud of the fact that Toothaker and Collier advanced to Sectionals despite not playing their best rounds.
“What I thought is that they did not have their best day today and they were grinding. That was the stick-to-it-ive-ness," said coach Nixon. "They just did not give up. They did not have their best day, they kept on at it, came out and are going through on the other side.”
This will be Toothaker's second trip to Sectionals and Collier's first. The greens gave just about everyone on Monday, so coach Nixon thinks that he might have Toothaker and Collier focus on their short games this week.
“Marliere came to Sectionals last year as a freshman and kind of buckled under the pressure a little bit, which is typical. She had a great experience, she learned a lot and I expect her to come back stronger. It will be Audrey’s first time at sectionals, but she played in a lot of summer tournaments and she did really well so I expect great things from her," said coach Nixon. Today highlighted a few errors we might need to work on. Of course, the short game is always going to be something we need to focus on, especially with the course at Marshfield. They got small, hard and fast greens and we’ll have to work and concentrate on those areas.”
The only person that wasn't effected by tough greens was Camdenton's Amber Wilson, who had the best score on the day by 15 strokes with a one-under-par 72. That helped Camdenton win the District as a team with a score of 378.
Sectionals will be played at Whispering Oaks in Marshfield on Monday, Oct. 2.