Lebanon girls' golf defeats Waynesville in dual match

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Lebanon freshman Riley McKinney gets ready to hit her shot during a high school girls’ golf dual against the Waynesville Tigers on Tuesday at GreatLife Golf in Lebanon. McKinney shot a low score of 52 for Lebanon and the ‘Jackets won the dual, 425-450.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon girls’ golf team got a big win on Tuesday over the Waynesville Tigers in an Ozark Conference dual match at GreatLife Golf in Lebanon, 425-450.

Lebanon head girls’ golf coach Lindsay Darnell said she was proud of the way her team performed.

“We are still a new and young team, but the progress they have made this year is incredible,” Darnell said  “I can't wait to see where this young team goes, because of their determination and willingness to learn.

“They are truly a great group to coach.”

The ‘Jackets were led by freshman Riley McKinney who shot the teams best score of a 52. Halle Brown shot a 54, Ashlynn Leochner finished the day with a 58, Payton Deason and Addison Segebarth both shot 61, Emma Allen shot a 62, Maddie Stephens shot a 63 and Claudia Becker finished the day with a 71.

According to Darnell, Tuesday was the first time all season that the ‘Jackets had three golfers shoot in the 50’s.

Darnell took some time to talk about some of the teams top performers from Tuesday’s match.

Halle Brown – “Halle has been our most consistent player this year after only playing for a few short months,” Darnell said. “One goal she has had is to break 50, and she is getting closer and closer each week. I'm proud of her drive and commitment.”

Ashlynn Leochner – “Ashlynn is a returning varsity player from last season, and she been a consistent leader on our team with several scores under 60,” Darnell said.

Payton Deason – “Payton is also a returning varsity player from last season with a great swing,” Darnell said. “She continues to be an amazing asset to the team.”

Riley McKinney - “Riley had her best score of the season last night, with no double pars,” Darnell said. “She was on fire and has been playing for a very short time, but when she gets hold of a ball, she can drive it an unbelievable distance.”

Addison Segebarth – “She has stepped up to varsity in the last few weeks and has made leaps and bounds of improvement within her few short months playing the sport,” Darnell said. “She has a natural swing and great ability with her woods.”

Maddie Stephens –  “She is also a returning golfer that has gotten some varsity experience this season,” Darnell said. “She is a role model for all of our players, because she never shows frustration and just enjoys the game.”

Emma Allen – “She is a freshman who has also just started her golf journey,” Darnell said. “She had her best round last night with a 62, and has made huge progress in the short amount of time that she has played.”

Claudia Becker – “She is another freshman that has seen some varsity play time this year,” Darnell sad. “She didn't have her best round last night, but she has been working very hard to improve her game in the short time that she has played. I have loved watching her grow as a golfer this season.”
Lebanon will compete at the Ozark Conference tournament in Joplin on Monday starting at 9 a.m.

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