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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • The first off the tee box

  • The interest in having a girls' golf team at Macon High School was apparent in years past. This year, that interest became reality.
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  • The interest in having a girls' golf team at Macon High School was apparent in years past. This year, that interest became reality. With boys golf coach Kim Hilker at the helm, seven girls made the inaugural MHS girls' team in 2013. Two of those girls made it into the State Sectional round, with one qualifying for the State Meet.
    Junior Jordyn Fry and freshman Cassie Martin made the cut individually at the District meet, qualifying for the Sectional Meet. Martin would finish 4th at Sectionals, making the cut for the Class 1 State Meet at the Sedalia Country Club, starting Monday.
    "I feel really good about it," said Martin. "I didn't know if I would make it or not, but this is something I really wanted, so I worked hard and I made it."
    When asked about her opportunity of playing on the first Macon girls' golf team, Martin felt that it was a great experience. "It was fun because we had several new girls and we got to bond a lot," she said. "It was fun being with friends and having a new sport to play."
    Fry was also grateful for the chance to play on a new team with new faces. "It was fun for me because I got to meet many new people," she said. "The sport is a good sport to play, seeing as it is our first year."
    During a school board meeting in January, the idea of a girls' golf team showed up on the agenda. The next step was to take a survey of the students. MHS Athletic Director Bruce Weimer conducted the survey, consisting of 300 female students, grades 6-12. When the survey returned in favor of a team, the school board approved it, and the team began play this fall.
    "I never thought that I would be playing golf, but after the survey was taken, golf was one of the top choice. We had a coach that could lead us, so I signed up," said Fry.
    Martin brought up the idea that since her father was an avid golfer, she would end up on the school team as well. "I started at a very young age because my dad is a heavy golfer, and he started me at golf early on," she said.
    Martin commented that the team didn't have a lot of prep time before the new season, but they came on strong late in the schedule. "We didn't have a lot of practice before our first match, but we became very good between the start of practice and the end of the season," she said.
    Being the first two lady golfers from Macon High School to make it past the District round, Fry and Martin thought it was a good feeling.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It feels really good, because we worked for it, and it makes you feel really good when you work hard and make it past a point like that," said Martin.
    Fry said that, despite being relatively new to the game, it felt great to reach such a milestone. "I have only been golfing for three months, but I never thought I would make it past Districts, but I worked really hard and it happened. I was really excited," she said.
    Fry and Martin both had encouraging words for the future lady golfers at Macon High School. "I would tell them to always keep their head up. If you're playing nine holes, and you do poorly on the first, there are eight more to go," said Fry. "That is what coach (Hilker) said, so that's what I would tell them."
    "I would say start practicing now, and once you get up to the high school level, you'll be a step ahead of those that are just starting," said Martin. "It's really fun, and they would enjoy it a lot."
    The 2013 Macon High School girls' golf team consisted of Cassie Martin, Jordyn Fry, Bayleigh Butner, Brittany Winkler, Rachel Richardson, Megan Rowland, Abbie Korman and coach Kim Hilker.
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