Although the weather was nice during the day Tuesday in Fayette, it wasn’t so kind in Sedalia at the Class 1 girls’ golf championship.
According to Harrisburg head coach Doug Fessler, the day started with a one-hour rain delay, and then players were allowed to start their rounds. However, after three holes — and when Harrisburg’s Tara Korff was about to tee off — a second delay was called.
Once that delay was over, officials decided that the only way to have a chance to get everyone’s round in before dark was to play shotgun style, where all players when to various holes on the course with their groups and just started playing from there.
However, as players were making their way to the course, officials sounded the horn to have them come back to the clubhouse because bad weather was heading for Sedalia.
By noon, officials made the decision to cancel the second round, and all results after the first round would be final.
Unfortunately for Harrisburg’s Ashley Fisher, she didn’t get the chance to try to improve her score in order to reach her goal: placing in the top 20 at the event.
Instead, she took a tie for 32nd place with a first-day score of 97.
“Every one of my girls were disappointed,” Fessler said. “I think they would have done better too if they had played the second day, but everybody was in the same boat.”
Kelsey Brown, who fell one stroke shy of reaching the state tournament last season, finished in a tie for 68th place with a score of 107. But Fessler said Korff was probably the most disappointed out of all of his players. He said she really wanted to go out there and improve from her first-day score of 128, which put her in a tie for 114th place at state.
Haelena Schwemmer of Barat Academy won the individual title at the state championship, shooting a 78 on the first day. As a team, Savannah won the title with a team score of 363.
But Fessler said his team can’t be too disappointed, having had the best season in school history.
“It was very successful,” Fessler said. “The girls did work very hard for me and we could have done better at times. Looking back, I wish we could have done a couple of things, but I established everything I wanted to.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be losing four seniors next season: Fisher, Brown, Korff and Katelyn Cockrell, who Fessler said usually played at the No. 5 spot on the team and would have gone to state if Harrisburg had qualified as a team.
“They were a good group of girls, but hopefully I can talk a few more girls into being interested next season,” Fessler said.