The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels set another state record for a low team score.
The Angels won the Class 2 District 2 meet played at the Links At Dardenne. St. Joseph’s shot a 283. That’s a state-best score for a par 72 course.
Earlier this season in the MO/IL River Challenge played at Quail Creek Golf Club, the Angels shot a team score of 291. At the Smith-Cotton Classic played at the Sedalia Country Club this fall, St. Joseph’s smashed the record for a par 70 course with a team score of 277.
Coach Carol Fromuth said the Angels keep surprising her.
“All the time,” Fromuth said. “We had a 277 and now a 283 in the district for the records. They maybe on shorter courses but you still have to get the ball in the hole.”
Fromuth said it’s a credit to the girls’ focus and their confidence.
“We always want to be focused and we want to stay confident,” Fromuth said.
In their final tournament before postseason play began, St. Joseph’s finished second in the Capital City Classic at Meadow Lake Acres in New Bloomfield. The Angels shot a 311 while Notre Dame de Sion came in first with a 303 team score.
“After we lost at Meadow Lake, we were not emotionally upset,” Fromuth said. “It was a great thing for us to have that. I think the loss might actually help us. We just didn’t play very well. Notre Dame did. Give them credit.
“It’s the last two days of the season that you work toward and that’s when it really counts. Once you’ve been there and won, you want to repeat.”
Senior Grace Aromando shot a career-low 66 to earn medalist honors in the district. It was her first district championship.
“It was a great round for Grace,” Fromuth said. “She came to me after the ninth hole and she said she had never done that before. She was 6-under and I told her it was a good experience for her.
“She was thrilled. She was nervous but she was very composed. She bogeyed two and got them back. On 9 and 18, her approach shots for both were eagle distances so her score could have been lower.”
Fromuth was happy to see her win the district.
“She’s senior so this was very important,” Fromuth said .”She has the passion for golf and it’s very important to her. She works hard at it. It’s rewarding to see someone have success as she’s had this year.”
Junior Drew Nienhaus (70) and Nicole Rallo (71) were second and third. Sophomore Isabella Arro was fifth with a 76 and sophomore Mia Rallo tied for seventh with a 78.
“I’ve never had five girls finish in the top seven,” Fromuth said. “I was pleased with how all of them played. They are all capable of shooting a 75 or less. To have that happen at one time was fun.”
The girls were happy to win the 10th district championship in the past 11 years.
“This is a real close-knit group of girls,” Fromuth said. “That’s part of their success. There’s no controversy. They all want each other to do well. They all root for each other.”
Now it’s on to the Sectional 1 tournament that will be played Monday at Cresent Farms Golf Club. Also competing as teams in the sectional are Parkway Central, Summit and Jackson.
“They are all good programs and have god teams with good coaches,” Fromuth said. “We can’t control them and how they play. We can only control ourselves. We just need to go out and play and see what happens.”