NIXA, Mo. — Maryville Spoofhound senior golfer Emily Long finished 13th in a field of 90 Class 1 golfers at the Missouri State High School Golf Championships on Tuesday, shooting a 36-hole score of 179.
Long's score was a bit higher than what she has consistently shot throughout her high school career and she attributed that to the difficulty of Fremont Hills Country Club.
"This course was the hardest I've ever played, but I'm glad I got to experience it," Long said. "It played long and skinny and the fairways were spongy grass, which made it difficult to hit it solid off the club face. The greens were really fast and difficult to read.
"It was super windy and cold, so that didn't help either."
As she rode back from the suburb south of Springfield, Missouri, Long reflected on what achieving all-state status will mean for her in the future and what it has taken to get there.
"It's something special that I'll be able to hold onto," Long said. "It's definitely an accomplishment that I've worked toward my whole life.
"I've had a lot of fun with golf and I've learned a lot of things and skills from it and from the people I've competed with. It's been a good run and I'm excited to see where golf takes me for college."
According to head golf coach Brenda Ricks, Long is the only golfer she has coached in her career who has qualified for state all four years of high school.
Long took 11th at last year's state championships.
All-State individuals: 1. Kayla Pfitzner, Springfield Catholic, 73-73-146; 2. Reagan Zibilski, Springfield Catholic, 79-72-151; 3. Kassidy Hull, Eldon, 78-83-161; 4. Kyleigh Pfitzner, Springfield Catholic, 78-84-162; 5. Parker Perry, MICDS, 84-81-165; 6. Claire Pan, John Burroughs, 84-82-166; 7. Lyla Louderbaugh, Springfield Catholic, 90-79-169; 8. (tie) Brooke Wagner, Logan-Rogersville, 81-90-171 and Emma Buell, Villa Duchesne, 87-84-171; 10. Jayden Berrey, Gather Tolton, 86-86-172; 11. Lillian Knipfel, Mexico, 84-93-177; 12. Ann Zhang, John Burroughs, 87-91-178; 13. Emily Long, Maryville, 89-90-179; 14. (tie) Abigail Boyer, Kirksville, 88-95-183; Hallie Jones, Chillicothe, 92-91-183