Glendale Golf wins MSU Relays team title

By Don Eskins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)

The Glendale Falcons drafted a team of 312 to win this year’s MSU Relays Championship, held at the Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course on Thursday, September 22nd.

Despite cold, wet conditions, four golfers from Glendale recorded scores in the 1970s on their way to winning this year’s tournament title. Leading the Falcons was Page Bowman, who managed a five-card over par 76. Also scoring in the 70s were Audrey Duvall with a 78 and Scotlynn Blackington, along with Catherine Rhoads, each with 79.

Springfield Catholic, behind medalist Lyla Louderbaugh’s 70, took second place with a score of 350. Third place went to Rolla with 372. On pace for the Bulldogs was Audrey Smith, who scored 84.

Sixteen teams participated in this year’s tournament, a tournament that meets director Kevin Kane says he felt he was lucky to enter.

“With today’s forecast, and what the radar looked like when we started, whether or not we would make it into the tournament was questionable,” Kane said. “But overall things turned out well. We had great scores from a lot of kids today, in a very competitive event, so I would say the tournament was a great success.”

Glendale’s effort was another good one for the Falcons, who have placed second in three previous games this year. In addition to winning the MSU Relays title from Thursday, they also won at Willard earlier this week. The Falcons finished as runners-up at Silo Ridge in Bolivar and Camdenton.

Glendale coach Ron Yokum was more than happy to see his girls win this year’s MSU Relays title.

“It’s always fun to win a championship and our kids put in a big score to get a win here today,” Yocum said. “You know I can’t remember a team of mine having four women’s card scores in the 70’s for a tournament. Today’s victory was a huge effort by my kids and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Yocum wasn’t the only proud Falcons person.

“It was rainy and cold today, so the playing conditions were uncomfortable. But we were focused and we played well to get the win today despite the bad weather,” said Page Bowman of Glendale. “Being this year’s MSU Relay Champion is great and I’m very proud of my team.”

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Springfield Catholic’s Lyla Louderbaugh shot one over par 36 in front and two under par 34 in back to record her best medal round of one under par 70.

“I don’t think the weather affected my game today physically, but it definitely did mentally,” Louderbaugh said. “I didn’t play my worst game, but I didn’t play my best either. I feel good to be able to finish my round at an under par 70.”

With MSU Relays now behind them, Yocum of Glendale said his kids are excited for what’s to come.

“We have some big tournaments to prepare for. There’s Pearson, conference and district coming up,” he said. “Hopefully we can do well in them and, if we’re lucky enough, move on to the state. So while we had some success earlier this year, we still have some work to do.”

TEAM FINAL RATINGS

1. Glendale 312
2. Catholic 350
3. Scroll 372
T4. kickapo 373
T4. Willard 373
6. Camdenton 386
7. Kickapoo JV 390
8, New Covenant 405
9. Lebanon 411
10. Greenwood 413
11. Center 417
12. Glendale JV 446
13. Waynesville 447
14, Hillcrest 500
15. Plains of the West 501

RELAY MSU INVITED MEDALS

1. Lyla Louderbaugh, Catholic 70
2. Marlee Edgeman, Marshfield 73
3. Page Bowman, Glendale 76
4. Savannah Thessing, NCA 77
5. Audrey Duvall, Glendale 78
6. Scottlynn Blackington, Glendale 79
7. Catherine Rhoads, Glendale 79

THE ‘5’ BEST SCHOOLS

Glendale 312
Bowman Page 76
Audrey Duvall 78
Scotland Blackington 79
Catherine Rhoads 79
Hannah Peak 93

Catholic 350
Lyla Louderbaugh 70
Grace Tiedemann 82
Sara Hann 93
Audrey Moore 105
Kelin Wiley 105

Rolla 372
Audrey Smith 84
Rylie’s Burdens 87
Alyssa Joyce 95
Jozie Cook 106
Kendall Woolman 113

kickapo 373
Sarah Jane Trotman88
Addison Christopher 92
Ellie Guthrie 94
Jenna Crockett 99
Mia Aquino 101

Willard 373
Kylee Hopper 85
Emma Howard 91
Sara Branca 98
Aubrey Foster 99
Beka Dean 108

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