On a day better suited for ducks and beavers to frolic outdoors, Liberty golfers Madeline Larouere and Zoee Harrington played like the elements were no big deal at all.
A day after finishing 8th and 12th individually in the Class 2 Tournament in the first round, the Eagles super duo was even better on a chilly, rainy, and windy day at Sedalia Country Club.
Larouere shot a final round 75 to finish 9th individually and Harrington shot a 76 to finish 10th in the two-day tournament on Tuesday in Sedalia as the pair finished up the season helping Liberty to have its first two top 15 finishers at state in school history.
“The conditions here were not very good as it was cold and rainy early we were delayed at the start because of lightning and hard rain,” Liberty coach Chip Sodemann said. “They played in the rain for like half of the round, but I was impressed with the scores that came in across the board and they were a lot lower than I thought they would be.”
Larouere shot 12 over par for the day with a two-day score of 152 while Harrington shot 13 over par for a two day score of 153.
The grind of playing in raw and wet conditions did not seem to bother Larouere and Harrington and according to Sodemann, they seemed to relish the challenge of excelling on the links given the elements.
“I was really impressed with just their mental clarity and their focus,” Sodemann said. “They were both eager to accept the challenge of playing in the harder conditions and once they got the go ahead to begin, I think we knew they were both going to have good rounds.”
By finishing in the top 15 individually, Larouere and Harrington finished the season as All-State golfers.
Even better for Larouere, a senior, she finished her career with Liberty qualifying for the state tournament three straight seasons.
“Madeline has come a long was in four years and I’m just really proud that she was able to go out and played her best, ” Sodemann said. “She was battling a foot injury all year, but she battled through it and she has set the bar extremely high for golfers not only in our conference but in the area.”
Five other area golfers finished in the top 70 of the field. Kylee Hormuth of Francis Howell and Leigha Kelly of Fort Zumwalt West tied at 29th with an 82 and 82 respectively. Sydney Hoffstetter of St. Dominic finished at 49th after shooting a final round of 87.
Jessica Qian of Francis Howell North shot an 86, finishing at 52nd. Francis Howell’s Jessica Fisher finished 63rd, shooting 97 in her final round.