CAMERON, Mo. — The Maryville Spoofhounds kicked off the 2019 golf season Wednesday afternoon at the Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course. It was the first competition of the year for the Spoofhounds as they started with a win over MEC foe Cameron. Maryville defeated the Dragons 204-225.

“You know, I’m pleased we got a win,” Maryville coach Brenda Ricks said. “You can’t win them all without winning the first one and I was really pleased with the scores.”

The par 35 course proved to have its challenges, but the day was more about the Spoofhounds finding their strengths and their weaknesses.

“The course definitely showed me what I needed to work on and what I need to work on for the rest of the season,” Emily Long said.

There aren’t many things that Long, a senior, should have to work on after once again showing why she is one of the state’s best golfers. Long had the afternoon’s best score and defeated second place by 10 strokes.

“I didn’t play my best, but it was still a good opener to the season,” Long said. “I need to work on my putting and being more confident with my shots, but I hit my drive and kinda smacked it pretty far today.”

Long began the afternoon with a birdie and two pars. Holes five through seven proved to be the most difficult for Long and the rest of the girls with just one girl shooting par or better on those holes.

Hadley Mundorf played with Michelle Short of Cameron as each team’s number two. Mundorf wasn’t thrilled with her play on the course, but finished with a 53, the third best score of all the golfers.

“I didn’t meet the goal I wanted to reach, but I think I played okay for the first match,” Mundorf said. “My goal for today was to shoot under 50, but I missed it by a few strokes.”

Lauren Padagitt will be the Spoofhounds number three this season and showed a lot of promise in her first varsity action. Padagitt shot a 59 on the day.

“It was a little difficult for the first match of the year, it was a little hot outside, but once I got into the groove of things, I started doing better than I thought I would,” Padagitt said.

Mia Haile held her own from the number four spot, shooting a 54. Belle Myers came in fifth and impressed Ricks and her teammates after just two weeks of golf.

“This was a learning experience for her, she’s a real trooper,” Ricks said. “She’s excited to learn and I’m excited for her.”

Maryville will be back in action on Monday at Mozingo as they welcome 12 teams to the Maryville Invitational Best Ball. The Spoofhounds will then travel to St. Joseph on Sept. 12 for a tournament at the Moila Country Club.

“I really didn’t have any expectations because we lost so many golfers from last year,” Ricks said. “To not hear anything negative, that’s good and they were all very positive about what they did.”

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