It is the tournament every high school golfer hopes to play in. The time has come for the grand finale. The best golfers in the state of Missouri will gather for their respective two-day tournaments to determine a state champion and Eldon sophomore Kassidy Hull and Osage sophomore Sydney Riley will be among them competing for the Class 1 championship in the northwest part of the state at Mozingo Lake Recreational Park Course in Maryville.
It is a chance to be a part of the final show is the culmination of dedication to the links, and both Lake area golfers were willing to put forth the time and effort to perfect the craft.
Hull, a returning All-State golfer, has made the state tournament for a third straight year, and the junior is not alone this time as Petet has reached state for the first time as a sophomore. The Mustang duo will soon find out what they are made of among the best, and Eldon coach Matt Frey was glad to see the hard work pay off. Hull came into the 2018 season hungry.
After a pleasant freshman campaign where she won nine medals in 9-hole matches, a tournament title, and broke the records at school level for the lowest 9-hole and 18-hole rounds, Hull went to state and finished 22nd just seven spots away from All-State recognition. However, her tournament was cut short due to inclement weather, so she never had the opportunity to find out what she was truly capable of.
Riley qualified for her first state tournament a season ago as a sophomore, and she is back for another shot at the hardware in 2019. The opportunity did not come easily, though, as she fought back from a tough front nine in sectionals at Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield and made the cut for a state by a single stroke. It has been quite the journey for Riley.
The sophomore, who has only been swinging a club for about two years, started the season in the middle of Osage’s lineup and soon found herself at the top midway through the year. She powered through districts and felt like her start at sectionals would not be enough to cut it, but found out her efforts earned her a ticket to compete with the best.