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Francis Howell girls golf claims first state berth in 7 years

Last weekend in Fulton, Mo. the Francis Howell girls golf team qualified for the Class 2 state tournament with a second place finish in the Class 2 Sectional 2 tournament. Becky Hormuth photo.

Francis Howell sophomore golfer Kylee Hormuth felt that her team could be special all season long. On Monday, Oct. 8 at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, Missouri, Hormuth and her Vikings teammates showed why.

Francis Howell finished second in the Class 2 Sectional 2 Tournament and as a result, qualified for the Class 2 state tournament that will be held at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City next Monday and Tuesday [Oct. 14-15].

“The weather the day before, with 5 to 10 inches of rain depending on where you were and wind conditions, made it tougher,” Howell coach Jason Ruth said. “So, I was very pleased with the way the girls handled the golf course that day.”

The state berth is the first for Howell since 2011.

“It feels amazing to think how only as a sophomore I can qualify for state,” Hormuth said. “Not only was I proud for myself but I was proud for my team and just thinking that we made it was just a great feeling.”

Hormuth, who qualified for state last year as a freshman, lead the Vikings with a hard-earned 83 on the tough course, which had very fast-running greens.

“Kylie had an OK day,” Ruth said. “She had a few struggles and was off a little bit in the beginning, but she rebounded really well on the back nine. On that course, if you’re not in the fairway, you can find yourself getting into trouble.”

Junior Josie Brakensiek was the other top scorer for the Vikings, shooting an 89.

Junior Sydney Rogers shot a 93, senior Beta Vondera shot a 97 and sophomore Hannah Inchiostoro rounded out the Vikings state qualifying team with a 106.

Howell finished second behind Columbia Rock Bridge with a team score of 332. Helias was third with 362 points.

Hormuth said that she and her teammates believed coming into the season that they were capable of getting deep into the postseason and making a run at the state tournament.

“I told my team if we make it all together, it’s going to be a great accomplishment,” Hormuth said.

Ruth added, “I think we had that vibe all year long.”

Hormuth is ready to improve upon last year’s 29th place finish and expects to be better when the Vikings compete at the Class 2 Tournament next week.

“Personally, I would love to make in the top 15,” Hormuth said. “Last year I got 29th which isn’t too bad, but this year I’m ready and I know what to expect. I’ve played this course before.”

The Vikings are very optimistic and hopeful of a good two-day performance.

“We hope to win and if we don’t, we’re still going to be so proud of ourselves,” Hormuth said.

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