Maryville girls golf finished fifth in the MEC Tournament Oct. 7 in St. Joseph, Missouri, behind an individual fifth place finish (98) from freshman Cailyn Auffert.
The Spoofhounds shot a team total of 444, with senior Lauren Padgitt shooting a 111 and freshman Ainsley Watkins finishing with a 117. Freshmen Lauren Jaster and Brinley Conn topped off the scoring for Maryville with a 118 and 121, respectively.
Maryville is now readying to host the Class 1 District 4 Tournament Oct. 12 at Mozingo Golf Course with a tee time of 9 a.m. Auffert is now looking forward to her first district tournament as a Spoofhound.
“I'm really glad that we are playing at home,” Auffert said. “I'm nervous, but I'm also very excited.”
Auffert has seen success this season at Mozingo. She’ll go into the district tournament with two first place finishes at the course in Maryville.
“I think just because I have played it so much, I know what to do,” Auffert said.
The Spoofhounds rounded out their regular season during the past two weeks, as they finished second in a triangular in Savannah, Missouri, Oct. 1 with a team score of 222, while Savannah shot 210 and LeBlond finished last with a 245. Padgitt led the way for Maryville with a 52, while Auffert shot a 55.
The Spoofhounds then moved onto their fourth match of the season Oct. 5 at Mozingo, where they dropped a duel against Savannah 238-248. Both teams played the much tougher back nine, with Auffert shooting a 57 on the par 36 to lead the way. Padgitt finished right behind her with a 60. Maryville coach Brenda Ricks was excited to test her team in preparation for the upcoming district tournament.
“The girls weren't very crazy about that; the back is just a more difficult nine,” Ricks said. “I wanted to give the ones who are going to districts the opportunity to play that as much as possible before Monday.”
Maryville will play Auffert, Padgitt, Jaster, Watkins and freshman Casey Phillips in the tournament. Despite the tough back nine, Ricks saw some bright spots that can carry over to Monday.
Ricks has experience in hosting districts at Mozingo, but it is still an exciting opportunity for the team.
“Well, I've hosted it a lot and it takes a lot of work,” Ricks said about the tournament. “It's exciting to play our home course, and that's a definitive advantage. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the girls do.”
As they move towards the end of the season, whenever that might be, Ricks has been happy with her team so far.
“I am just totally pleased with these girls, and they are having fun,” Ricks said. “I told them I don’t care about the score, I'm hoping that if they have a bad shot they can go to the next one and mentally do that.”