Golf steals Hickman victory at Smith-Cotton tournament

Golf steals Hickman victory at Smith-Cotton tournament

Maddie Magruder

Junior Amanda Baker lines up to a putt on the 7th hole at the A.L Gustin golf course. Photo by Patrick Smith

LESS than a week after Bruin girls tied the Hickman Kewpies for first, they faced each other again at the Smith-Cotton Tournament and tied for first place yet again today, Sept. 10.
Five varsity teammates each played an individual round of 18 holes. The team members hit scores of 82, 82, 85, 86 and 92. The top four scores were added to get the final score.
The result: Rock Bridge tied with Hickman for first.
Junior Amanda Baker her day began with solid play, but as the tournament progressed, she “started to go downhill.”
But, she is “satisfied with how I played, especially because when I finished my team asked me what I got, and when I told them they were really happy because that meant we had tied Hickman and didn’t lose.”
The team played this course last year for the state championship, which they won, so they felt comfortable on the green. However, Baker said with nearly 20 teams at the tournament, they felt every girls’ drive to win.
“The atmosphere was very competitive,” Baker said, “because this was probably the largest tournament we have played in so far and the most diverse skill field among the players.”
In the end, they pulled through. The team’s success with tournaments so far is hard earned, and the work won’t stop here.
“We need to focus at practice more so we can improve our game,” Baker said. “We need to improve emotionally with our thoughts on the golf course and not let it bring us down when we have one bad shot or one bad hole.”
By Maddie Magruder