Maryville girls golf won its second duel of the season, defeating St. Joseph LeBlond 214-253 Sept. 29 at Mozingo Golf Course.
The Spoofhounds were led by a first place finish from freshman Cailyn Auffert, who shot a 49 on the par 36. Senior Lauren Padgitt shot a 51 to finish second. Freshman Ainsley Watkins finished in third with a 53. Coach Brenda Ricks was impressed by her team's performance.
“I’m very pleased with their performance today,” Ricks said.
Maryville has a young team this season, with two upperclassmen on the roster compared to seven freshmen. Ricks is happy to see the maturity shown early in the season by her younger players.
“These freshmen are really coming around,” Ricks said. “They are just like sponges; they want to learn, and there's just so much to learn in golf.”
Auffert is one of the freshmen that has impressed so far this season. She has been the lowest scorer for the Spoofhounds in eight of their nine events. She now has two first place finishes at Mozingo with rounds under 50, and she will look to continue that streak in their home match against Savannah and St. Joseph-Benton Oct. 5.
Watkins has also had a good first year for the Spoofhounds, finishing in second place twice in duels and triangulars while having two top 25 finishes in tournaments.
Padgitt has also enjoyed a good start to the season as the lone senior on the team. She has been the second-lowest scorer for the Spoofhounds six times this season. Her leadership qualities have been important in improving a young squad.
“She’s our captain,” Ricks said. “She has really led the way over these freshmen.”
Maryville opened the season with an 18-hole best ball tournament at Mozingo Aug. 31, with Auffert and Padgitt both grabbing top 15 finishes. Best ball is a unique type of format, involving teams of at least two each playing their own ball throughout every hole and keeping the lowest score at the end.
A few days later, the Spoofhounds dropped their first duel against Cameron 190-213. After that, they finished seventh in a tournament at Fairview Golf Course in St. Joseph, Missouri.
They achieved their first win of the season by defeating Tarkio by nine strokes in a home match at Mozingo Sept. 15. Auffert shot a 44 to secure first place while Padgitt and Watkins both shot a 53 to tie for second.
The Spoofounds have since finished second and fifth in two away tournaments, while also dropping a duel against Central, and finished second in a triangular.
While she is proud of her team for getting their second win of the season, Ricks saw some room for improvement against LeBlond.
“We are gonna work on putting and chipping,” Ricks said “I saw a lot of putts tonight.”
Maryville now faces Bishop LeBlond and the Lafayette Fighting Irish Oct. 1 at Fairview Golf Course in St,.Joseph, Missouri. The Spoofhounds will return home for another triangular against Savannah and St. Benton Oct. 5 at Mozingo.