Westminster Christian Academy is the defending River to River Challenge champion and the Wildcats girls golf team will attempt to win it again when the annual Missouri versus. Illinois tournament is held Saturday (Sept. 20).
Missouri won the event last year.
Missouri’s teams in the unique tournament qualified from the recent Angel Classic that was win by MICDS. Also playing will be Marquette, St. Joseph’s Academy, John Burroughs and Kirkwood.
The action begins at 2 p.m. at The Orchards in Belleville, Ill.
Westminster finished sixth in the Angel Classic to just make the cut. The Wildcats shot a team score of 368. MICDS won with a score of 334.
Bradley said he sees Missouri holding onto the championship and bragging rights for another year.
“As we head into Saturday’s Tournament at The Orchards in Illinois, I think that the Missouri teams have a great chance to keep the Missouri/Illinois River Challenge trophy on the Missouri side of the river.”
MICDS Steve Johnston agreed.
“I know nothing about the teams from Illinois but if Marquette, Kirkwood, John Burroughs and Westminster join us, we should be very competitive,” Johnston said. “It’s a fun event to partake in. You’re playing for a large team and your state.”
Johnston said he is eager to see his girls compete in the event.
“We haven’t played in the Missouri/Illinois Challenge in a handful of years but we are looking forward to it this year,” Johnston said. “They’re excited to play against some of the best from the other side of the river. Again, this experience will only help them as we head to the playoffs. Plus the added team bonding helps when your playing not just for yourself, but your team and your state.”
Bradley was pleased with how his girls played in the Angel Classic.
“I feel the top half of our lineup played well, and were where I expected them to be,” Johnston said. “The other half left some room for improvement. For a couple of those girls it was their first time paying 18 holes. I’m confident they will get better.”
McKenna Montgomery shot a 77 to finish second being John Burroughs’ Logan Otter, who shot a 73 to be the medalist at the Angel Classic.
“That was a big boost for her confidence,” Bradley said about Montgomery. “I have been telling her that she is ready to take the next step and she has been doing it.”
Overall, it was a good outing for the Wildcats.
“It was really fun watching our girls as the scores were being posted,” Bradley said. “Everyone was hoping to be in the top six, at one point it looked like we would just miss the cut. Then to see their smiles, after we placed sixth, made the day’s efforts all worth it.
“It is a great tournament to have a couple weeks before districts. It allows you to see where your at as a team and where you need to be. There were several top-notch schools playing and that’s the competition you want that helps push you to be better.”