Maryville girls golf wrapped up its season after outings from three of its golfers at the MSHSAA Class 1 State Tournament at Paradise Pointe in Smithville, Missouri, Oct. 19.
The event was made up of 76 golfers, and it took place over two rounds starting Oct. 19. The two-round format is only used during this event and is unfamiliar to most high school golfers. This was especially true for the three Spoofhounds that participated, who were all making their first appearance.
Freshman Cailyn Auffert capped off a rather impressive first season with a 16th place finish, narrowly missing out on medaling in the top 15. Auffert ended the first day in 12th place after shooting a 100 across the span of 18 holes. She was rewarded with a 9:51 a.m. tee time the second day and ended up shooting a 104 to secure a top 20 finish. She finished with a 204 between both days, collectively.
“It was a better year than I expected it to be,” Auffert said. “Going to state was my goal, and it will definitely help me prepare for next year.”
The cold and windy conditions at Paradise Pointe proved to be a challenge, but Auffert saw some areas where she specifically excelled in, particularly her iron shots and chips, she said.
The weather affected the golfers on both days, but Maryville coach Brenda Ricks was happy with how they responded to it.
“My goodness, the conditions were tough. The cold and wind were brutal,” Ricks said. “With that being said, I never once saw my girls complaining or blaming their play on the weather.”
Auffert puts a lot of her success this season down to the veteran coach.
“I didn’t expect to place in the conference, let alone get top 20 in state,” Auffert said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my coach, Brenda.”
Auffert will look to improve over the offseason in order to get back to this stage next season. She could become a four-year state qualifier over her Spoofhound career.
“My ultimate goal would be going to state again next year,” Auffert said. “I would also like to earn a medal, since I was so close this year.”
Maryville also sent freshman Lauren Jaster to the big stage. Jaster finished her first day with 122 over 18 holes, leaving her tied for 66th. The conditions worsened the next day, and Jaster shot a 134 to finish in 73rd. She totalled a 256 across both days. Jaster had a particular memorable moment, when she holed out from 100 yards on hole 18.
Senior Lauren Padgitt wrapped up her Spoofhound career with a 64th-place finish. Padgitt finished the first day with a 118, tying for 58th place. Her consistent play resulted in a one-stroke difference for a 119 on the second day, totalling a 237 over two rounds.
Ricks was happy with how her three golfers played.
“I’m very pleased with all three golfers’ efforts. They are very resilient,” Ricks said. “The girls all scored better the first day, but that's the nature of the beast.”
Ricks also knows how important this experience was for her girls, but especially for the two freshmen.
“State golf will be much easier for them next year with having experience of the competition,” Ricks said. “As I said before, it's a different beast. I want them to focus on the good that happened, those good shots and holes.”