Hannah Herrick wasn’t sweating it as the final scores were posted from the Class 2 District 7 Girls Golf Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

Hannah Herrick wasn’t sweating it as the final scores were posted from the Class 2 District 7 Girls Golf Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

“I shot so poorly I didn’t think I had a chance to play next week,” the Truman High School junior said, “so I wasn’t nervous when they put up the scores.

“I was just happy for Maddy (Madyson Smith) and Shayla (Jochum) because it looked like they had made it.”

Much to Herrick’s surprise, she and teammate Anesa Hauber joined Smith and Jochum in the top 15 individual scores (not counting the two top teams) to advance to next week’s sectional play at Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake.

Smith led all Patriots with a score of 84, followed by Jochum (98), Hauber (110) and Herrick’s 112, which was the cutoff point for next week’s action.

Truman finished fourth overall with a team score of 404 at the Hoot’s Hollow course at Country Creek Golf Club.

Rykelle Seger shot a 119 and will not join her teammates next week, but the sophomore said, “That’s all right. I’m happy for them and 119 was my best score of the year.”

Notre Dame de Sion’s Amanda Milecki fired a 77 to earn medalist honors and lead her team to the title with a 335 total. St. Teresa’s earned the other team berth in the sectional with a 357.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Truman coach Becky Costello said. “Madyson was our first golfer (off the course) and she looked pretty good with that 84.

“This is Shayla’s first year playing golf and it’s great that she made it, too. To add Hanna and Anesa makes it a pretty good day. I see a lot of smiles.”

Smith’s 84 was a big accomplishment for the senior, who has been to state three times and medaled last year by finishing  15th.

“I shot a 99 at Paradise Pointe in the (Suburban Middle Six) Conference Tournament on Monday and wasn’t happy with that,” Smith said.

“That’s the worst I’ve shot all year. My head just wasn’t into it for some reason, and I wanted to go out today and prove that I was a much better golfer than you saw on Monday.”

Smith shot 40 on the front nine and followed it with a 44 on the back to finish in fourth place individually Wednesday.

“I know I can play better, but I’m happy with how I played today and thrilled to be going to sectional with my three teammates,” she said. “Last year, we had a senior and Hanna and I went and this year we get to send four golfers to sectional.”

Hauber was thrilled with her 110, because, “This is my first year to golf and to go to sectional is pretty special. I know I can do better, but I was pretty happy with what I shot today.”

So was Jochum, another first-year golfer.

“I had a couple of dumb shots out there today, but I was able to get over them and not let them affect the way I played the rest of my round,” Jochum said. “Overall, I was happy with how I played and we’re all looking forward to next week.”

CLASS 2 DISTRICT 8: Fort Osage sent only one golfer to the Class 2 District 8 Tournament at Cardinal Hill Golf Club in Liberty, but she kept her season alive.

McKayla Henry fired a 103 to earn all-district honors and advance to next Wednesday’s sectional tournament at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake.

“I’m very proud of McKayla’s performance today, and I believe she has a strong chance at advancing to the state tournament this year,” Fort Osage coach Joy Leslie said.

Leslie said the key for Henry Wednesday was putting in some hard work.

“We have been working hard to improve McKayla’s short game and her chipping improved substantially today from Monday’s (Suburban Middle Seven) conference tournament,” Leslie said. “Between now and sectionals next Wednesday, we will work on hitting the ball off the tee and making those longer putts. McKayla had a couple three-putts today so we need to try to eliminate those and get all two-putts or better.”