Knipfel, Rowe claim second in Boonville

Posted 9/23/20

The Mexico High School girls golf team has been busy of late, including competing in the Boonville Tournament Sept. 11.

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Knipfel, Rowe claim second in Boonville

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The Mexico High School girls golf team has been busy of late, including competing in the Boonville Tournament Sept. 11.

“The Boonville Tournament is one of our favorite events to participate in during golf season,” said coach Lindsey Yancey. “This is an event designed to be a partner golfing competition, the only ‘scramble’ type of fun tournament we do in a season."

In the tournament each player is teamed up with another player from their same school and they get to play six holes as scramble, six holes "shamble”, that is, each player drives the ball, they both play from the best shot but from that point forward each plays their own ball, record the best score between the two players; and six holes best ball, where each player plays their own ball start to finish, then record the best score for the pair for the hole.

“Not only is this a format of competition that is closer to what most adult golfers play,” said Yancey, “it is a great opportunity to spend the day with your own teammate and get to play off one another."

The pairings for Mexico were Lilly Knipfel and Kennedi Rowe shooting a 72 (one over par) and Morgan Craig and Shadora Foy shooting a 131. Knipfel and Rowe came in second place in the tournament out of 36 pairs.

On Sept. 14, Mexico hosted Hannibal, Moberly and Fulton at Arthur Hills Golf Course.

“This was our first time hosting a match that was all NCMC (North Central Missouri Conference) schools competing, especially with the Fulton and Hannibal golf teams being so new,” said Yancey.

Knipfel led the team with an amazing round, shooting even par.

“From beginning to end she was really in a great rhythm and was able to put together an extremely solid round in a competitive setting,” said Yancey.

Rowe also had a stand-out night, shooting a 46 and setting a new personal record for herself.

“It was really fun to watch her really focus on the good things that were happening during her round and even with a few small mistakes come out with a great score,” Yancey said.

Knipfel was the medalist, Rowe was the runner-up medalist.

“Shadora Foy is our newest team member and has really fit right into our team dynamics,” Yancey added. “She has such a wonderful personality and is always ready to work hard, and as someone who is fairly new to the game of golf, is seeing improvements in ball striking and short game. I look forward to seeing her improvement this season.”

“It's always a good feeling to win first and second against conference rivals,” Yancey said.

The following day, the squad played in the Westran Tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Moberly.

The team found another perfect day to play golf, with pleasant temperatures and very little wind.

“Heritage Hills is a nice course that, although short, can be a challenge at times,” said Yancey.

There are lots of hills and the greens tend to play faster than the team is used to, and there are several holes on the back nine that can really tend to cause problems for players unfamiliar with the course.

Here’s how the players fared: Shadora Foy (81-85--166), Kennedi Rowe (57-48--105) and Lilly Knipfel (36-38--74).

Knipfel was the medalist for the tournament, shooting just four over par, and she won by 16 strokes. Rowe was also a medalist in the tournament, placing 12th overall.

“Lilly played very well all day, coming in just four over par after 18 holes is a very tough thing to do and she made it look easy,” Yancey said. “I'm also especially proud of Kennedi, she started out the day doing well, hit a rough patch in the front nine holes and then made a really strong recovery on the back nine. This shows she has some mental toughness and can overcome some bad shots, which is a really important ability to have as we approach the postseason.”

The Lady Bulldogs take on Centralia and Russellville at 4 p.m. Monday. They head to the Kirksville Tournament Tuesday.

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