When Pembroke Hill golfer India Gaume was 7 years old, her mother told her to write down a list of her goals. Perhaps taking the chore a little too literally, Gaume inscribed them onto her bedroom wall with a black sharpie.
Atop the list: Win a high school state championship.
It’s time to cross that one off.
Gaume won the Missouri Class 1 state tournament Tuesday, following up her even-par round Monday with a 6-over 78 to hold on for a 2-shot win. Logan-Rogersville’s Lyndsey Nicole Standage was second in the 36-hole tournament at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin.
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Barstow golfer Olivia Laub placed eighth, her two-day total of 160 finishing 10 shots behind Gaume.
“I see (the goal) every morning when I wake up and every night before bed,” Gaume said. “So I’ve been thinking about this and working for this for a long time.”
Gaume held a multistroke lead for the majority of the afternoon Tuesday after she took a 1-stroke advantage into the day.
But she wasn’t even aware of it.
“I never really keep track of the scores when I’m playing, so when I came in (to the clubhouse), I had no idea,” Gaume said. “When they put the scores up, all my teammates just started hugging me, and that’s when I knew.”
Although Gaume won the individual title, it wasn’t quite enough to help the Raiders lift the team trophy. After entering the day 3 shots behind defending state-champion Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, Pembroke Hill cut 1 stroke off its team total, which was 340 on Tuesday. But MICDS still pulled away for a 12-shot victory.
“I’m really proud of our effort — we were 1 stroke better than yesterday,” Pembroke Hill coach Andi Wolfe said. “This was an exciting day for us, and it was a wonderful season.”
Smithville finished fifth in the Class 1 team standings for the second straight year with a 738 team total. The Warriors were led by Trace Mosby, who finished 13th on the with a 168. Pembroke Hill golfer Shannon Fang took 16th and Richmond’s Rebecca Westbrook was 18th.
In her straight third trip to the Missouri Class 2 state tournament, Lee’s Summit junior Skylar Brunk earned her first all-state honors.
Brunk finished sixth at the two-day tournament Tuesday, the best local showing at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. She compiled a two-day total of 9-over 153, 8 strokes behind champion Taylor BeDell from Warrensburg.
Notre Dame de Sion’s Mary Callista Marx took 10th, and the Storm placed fifth in the team standings. That was one spot above Blue Springs, the defending Class 2 state champion.
Liberty’s Brianna Walker was 11th, Blue Springs senior Jailyn Marshall was 15th and Park Hill junior Samantha Paulak finished 18th.