Mill Valley-De Soto golfers win Spring Hill Invitational
MVHS, St. James each have two medalists
Emma Tinsley and Cameron Eckardt had a stellar day Wednesday at the Spring Hill Invitational and led the Mill Valley-De Soto girls golf team to the tournament championship.
Tinsley, a junior at De Soto High School, fired a 45 on the nine-hole, par-36 course at Paola Country Club and placed second overall. Eckardt, a Mill Valley senior, shot a 51 and placed 10th to garner medalist honors.
The duo led the squad to a team score of 206, good for a three-stroke victory ahead of runner-up Gardner-Edgerton. Piper placed third with a 215, St. James Academy was fourth at 217, Basehor-Linwood took fifth with 218, Spring Hill was sixth with 219 and Osage City finished seventh with 247.
Joining Tinsley and Eckardt with in compiling the Jaguars’ team score were Hadley Tharp, a MVHS sophomore, and Stephanie Chappell, a DHS junior, who both shot 55.
Rounding out the squad were DHS sophomore Halie Hansen with a 57 and MVHS senior Kelsey Waller with a 67.
“We were finally able to put together four consistent scores,” Mill Valley-De Soto coach Adam Wessel said. “We had been a little inconsistent to date, and last night we had a number of girls play well. Cameron really stuck out. She had been in a bit of a slump and put together a nice round. She can still go lower, but hopefully this was a breakthrough.
“Emma was the same old Emma. (She) played well, but I think she would tell you she can go lower. She had one bad hole where she actually drove it over the green on a par 4 and went out of bounds. She struggled a little bit with the putter, but still managed to play well.”
Spring Hill’s Lindsey Mateer was the individual champion with a 43.
St. James also had a pair of medalists. Abby Slaven fired a 48 and placed sixth. Maddy Shmidl shot a 51 and finished ninth.
Also for St. James, Elizabeth Sutton shot a 53 and Madison Zubradt had a 65.