Lafayette coach Katrina Clark will lead Team Missouri in the 50th annual Four-State Junior Girls Golf Championship.
Last year, Team Iowa won the title with a 618 total. Team Kansas was second at 628. Team Nebraska finished third at 634. Team Missouri finishing fourth at 657.
This year’s team members are Sarah Bell, of Jackson; Sam Cornelius, of Hamilton; Taryn Overstreet, of Jackson; Olivia Sowers, of Columbia; and Amber Wilson, of Camdenton.
Team Iowa will be on its home turf. This year’s tournament will be played at Coldwater Golf Links, in Ames, Iowa. The tourney begins Sunday (July 1) and runs through July 3.
The two-day championship’s format consisted of individual stroke play each day with the four low scores of each team added each day and totaled after the final round to determine the winner.
The Four-State Junior Girls Championship began in 1969, as a one-day stroke play tournament. The team entry fee then was $10.
In 1980 the tournament changed to a two-day stroke play tournament with the medalist being determined on the first day’s score. The entry fee was raised to $15. Each team consisted of four girls, one alternate and coach or coaches. The four low scores of each team were added each day and totaled after the second day to determine the winner.
In 1989 at the coaches’ meeting at Leawood South Country Club, it was voted to raise the entry fee to $30. The entry fee buys the awards for the five girls on the winning team and the award for the medalist. These are engraved by the host state.
At the 1991 Four-State coaches meeting, it was voted to change the format for the medalist; instead of the medalist being the first day’s low score, the medalist now will be the two days’ total low score. It was, also, agreed that tournament sites should be as close to the intersecting corners of the four states as possible.
Now, the Four State Junior Girls Championship is composed of a golf team from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The method of choosing teams is strictly up to the individual states as tournaments vary. The five best girls should represent their state. Each team consists of four girls, one alternate and coach or coaches from each state. The four low scores of each team are added each day and totaled after the second day to determine the winner. The medalist is determined by the low two-day total score.
Team Missouri has won championships in 1969, 1974, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015.
The following are Missouri medalists over the years have been the following: Leslie Peck, 1970, Cathy Reynolds, 1973-74, Susan Fromuth, 1979-80, Dinae Gioia, 1981, Maria Palozola, 1988, Jessica Polus, 1998, Tonya Choate, 2004, Mary Kate Bird, 2006, Carolyn Schorgle, 2007, Catherine Dolan, 2008, Jordan Chael, 2013 and Taylor Hayes, 2015.