As the defending Missouri Class 1 golf state champion, Pembroke Hill junior India Gaume said she could feel the pressure mount when the postseason began. And yet she still responded with district and sectional championships in consecutive weeks.
But the run would end there.
The quest for a second straight state title fell short Tuesday at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, Mo. Gaume settled for a third-place tie in Class 1 after carding a two-day total of 156.
Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) junior Sarah Bell breezed to the tournament win with back-to-back rounds of 73, an eight-stroke victory.
“I was pretty nervous going into the tournament since I was trying to repeat, but I gave it my all,” Gaume said in a phone interview. “I wish I could’ve played better and that my putting could’ve improved, but my competition this year was just really good.”
Pembroke Hill placed third in the team standings with a team total of 702, followed by a fourth-place finish from Smithville, which shot 758.
Pembroke Hill’s Shannon Fang tied for 13th place. Barstow’s Olivia Laub and Smithville’s Trace Mosby tied for 17th.