Sure it was windy, cold and rainy. That didn’t matter to the St. Joseph’s Academy Angels.
The Angels ignored the elements and came from behind to win the Class 2 state girls golf tournament at the Sedalia Country Club.
St. Joseph’s shot a 623 to win by 10 strokes. The Angels entered the second round two strokes behind Kansas City’s Notre Dame de Sion, which ended in second with a 633.
MICDS came in third at 647. Lafayette was fourth with a 679. Rock Bridge followed at 700 and then came Camdenton (731), Carl Junction (734) and Lee’s Summit West (734).
It was St. Joseph’s second consecutive state title and fifth overall under Angels coach Carol Fromuth. It was first back-to-back golf championships in the school’s history.
“This state championship is very satisfying,” said Fromuth. “I think this one is one I thought we had an excellent chance of winning going into the season because of the girls we had on this team. It’s harder to when you’re expected to win. But these girls handled that pressure well all year and I’m very proud of them.”
St. Joseph’s won three tournaments during the regular season. The Angels won the district championship. However, St. Joseph’s came in second in the sectional.
But the squad put that disappointment behind them by winning state.
Sophomore Grace Aromando a two-day total of 9-over-par 149. She was the leading Angel in seventh place. She came in just ahead of senior Grace Renfer, finished eighth with a 151. Renfer will sign in November to play golf a Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Freshman Nicole Rallo posted a 159 to finish in a tie for 17th place. Freshman Drew Nienhaus was 28th with a 166 and junior Lauren Gallagher came in 29th with a 168.
Sedalia Country Club was set up to play at 5,360 yards and to a par 72.
“It is a nice course,” Fromuth said. “We’ve played here before at state but this is the first time we’ve won it here. It’s well maintained and they do a good job hosting the state tournament.”
Her girls did not mind the cold conditions that plagued the second round.
“It was cold and windy and wet,” Fromuth said. “That was a tough, long day. It didn’t bother the girls at all. They were fine with it. They liked it. Armando likes to play in the rain. She didn’t not bat an eye lash.”
While the Angels didn’t play badly, they were not happy with the result of the first round, Fromuth said.
In fact, after the round ended, the Angels went to the driving range and putting green and worked. They were determined to put in extra time so they would play better in the final round.
That didn’t surprise Fromuth.
“This is a dedicated group,” Fromuth said. “They work hard. We were only two behind. I wasn’t too worried about two strokes. “We didn’t putt too well at the sectionals. This time, we did a few things better and we won state.”
Fromuth noted her girls turned in solid efforts in the final two rounds.
“We knew what the deal was on Tuesday,” Fromuth said. “It was going to rain and we hoped to get to play. It worked out fine. The two Graces (Armando and Renfer) did an awesome job. They are my No. 1 and 2 golfers and they came through. They are capable. They did a great job of leading us.
“Nicole did an awesome job for a freshman. This was a good experience for her. Drew did a fine job too. Lauren did much better in the second round so it all good for us.”
The Angels lose just one starter in Renfer.
“She’s going to play at SIU in Carbondale and she’ll do well there I think,” Fromuth said.
St. Joseph’s will keep rebuilding.
Rallo has a sister, Mia, who will be a freshman next year at St. Joseph’s.
“Mia will be coming in and she can play,” Fromuth said. “It’s looking good for next year.”
The state medalist was Notre Dame de Sion freshman Megan Propeck. She won with a 1-over 141.
The top 15 girls medal at state and three local girls earned one.
Lafayette freshman Brooke Biermann finished fourth with a 145. MICDS senior Shannon Gould came in fifth place with a 147. Marquette senior Sarah Lewis tied for 11th with a 154.