MHS golf: Lamberson three strokes from leader at state
SEDALIA -- Morgan Lamberson is in good position for her third state girls' golf medal.
Now the Marshall senior is in the hunt for the title at the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships in Sedalia.
Lamberson shot a nine-over-par 81 Monday in windy conditions on the familiar Sedalia Country Club course, putting her in a tie for third place with senior Kristin Kilpatrick of Westminster Christian in St. Louis -- three strokes behind the leader.
Junior Haelena Schwemmer of Barat Academy in St. Louis was on top after the first round with a 78, following by Savannah senior Kate Gallagher at 80 -- pacing her Lady Savages in their attempt to defend their team title.
Gallagher came in second at state a year ago at Fremont Hills in Nixa, while Schwemmer and Kilpatrick tied for fourth.
Lamberson started the round with three pars and a birdie, but then ran into a stretch of four bogey holes for a 41 on the front nine. She came in with five pars and four bogeys.
Earlier this season, Lamberson shot a one-over 73 on the circuit to win the Smith-Cotton Classic.
Meanwhile, the Lady Owls also got fine representation from sophomore Payton Ehrhardt, in her first state tourney. She shot 109, an improvement of 14 strokes from her previous tour of the links, and is tied for 73rd place in the field of 123 golfers.
Lamberson will tee off with the last group today, along with Schwemmer and Gallagher -- a trio with a little history behind it.
Both Lamberson and Schwemmer competed in the 16- to 18-year-old age group at the Optimist International Junior Championships in July at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Neither made the cut, Lamberson winding up 33 over par through three rounds and Schwemmer at 45 over.
Lamberson and Gallagher have faced each other more often, most recently at the Richmond Invitational on Sept. 18 -- which Gallagher (76) won, while Lamberson (80) came in third.
The Marshall golfer was also third when the Lady Savage won the Missouri Women's Junior Championships in June at Columbia and they were 1-2 on the Missouri team, with Gallagher on top, at the Four-State meet two weeks later at Shawnee Mission, Kan.
For them, as well as to those also in the chase, it comes down to 18 more holes.