December 2, 2022

Women’s golf: high school girls discover the “scramble” format


ERIC VICCARO, [email protected]

COLOMBIA — Scramble tournaments are growing in popularity with high school golfers, and that was on display at the Harrisburg Invitational on Tuesday at LA Nickell Golf Course.

The scrambling format involves two-person teams, according to a story on Next Generation Golf. Each player on the team hits a tee shot, then they decide which shot they prefer.

In addition, both players then play from this location. The person whose shot was not fired picks up their ball and moves it one club-length away.

“I don’t mind the scrambling format,” said Cairo head coach Denise Winkler. “Although it’s hard to judge who gets the highest score individually. The girls like to play with their classmates. They tend to feel more relaxed in general.

“They also know that if one of them lands a bad shot, the teammate has a chance to redeem their score,” Winkler added.

Winkler said she enjoys allowing the Bearcats to participate in scramble tournaments. One of the benefits is that it allows six golfers to compete in a tournament rather than the normal five individuals.

The coach also sees additional advantages in this.

“Playing in scramble tournaments builds the stamina to play five or six hours straight,” Winkler noted, “but alleviates the pressure a golfer can feel compared to playing alone.”

Cairo plays a limited tournament schedule, as Winkler noted. Most of the time, the Bearcat girls just go to “after school” events.

The girls still need to know the basic rules, get the same number of swings, and need to use judgment in scramble tournaments as they would in a traditional tournament.

The Cairo girls played scramble style over the summer at Heritage Hills Golf Course, which prepared them well for these events, Winkler explained.

However, the coach said the end result, or score, is not a true indication of each golfer’s ability.

Still, Macie Harman and Kennedy Kearns came through with one of the best scores on Tuesday, teaming up to card an 88. Journey Sander and Addison Pollard joined forces to shoot an 93. Riley Freitag and Avery Wiegand posted a 97 to complete the Bearcats. The figures.

Westran’s Vallie Schermerhorn and Faith Oliver scored 94. On Wednesday, Schermerhorn beat 100 again, shooting a 99 at the Salisbury Invitational. She finished 10e in total in a tournament involving 42 players.

Earlier this season, Cairo, Westran and Moberly all took part in a scramble tournament at the Mark Twain Country Club in Paris.


Moberly Sporting Director Curtis Walk announced this week that the Spartans, Cairo and Westran will compete in the first-ever Randolph County Cup on Monday, October 3 at Heritage Hills.



Tuesday’s result

Harrisburg Scramble

TO THE. Nickell Golf Course


Team results

1, Hallville, 174; 2, Harrisburg, 175; 3, Stover, 177; 4, Cairo, 181; 5, Salisbury, 181

Local ratings


Macie Harman/Kennedy Kearns, 88; Journey Sander/Addison Pollard, 93; Avery Wiegand/Riley Freitag, 97


Vallie Schemerhorn/Faith Oliver, 94


Lindsey Burbridge/Lydia Eaton, Harrisburg, 84; Finalist: Ava Hodges/Mia Rowland, Stover, 85


Monday, September 19

Quadrangular of Paris

At the Mark Twain Country Club

Team results

1, Glasgow, 250; 2, South Boone, 252; Paris and Westran did not have enough golfers for a team score.

Westran Scores

Vallie Schermerhorn, 51; Faith Olivier, 67 years old


Vallie Schermerhorn, Westran, 51; Finalist: Macie Parks, Glasgow, 53

Wednesday September 21

Salisbury invite

At Salisbury Municipal GC

Team results

1, Salisbury, 404; 2, Harrisburg, 404; 3 Hallville, 407; 4, Brookfield, 416; 5, Centralia, 418; 6, Westran, 450; 7, Glasgow, 458; La Plata, Monroe City and Paris did not have enough golfers for a team score.

To note: Salisbury won the competition based on their fifth golfer having a lower score.

Westran Scores

Vallie Schermerhorn, 99; Dylan Perry, 109; Faith Olivier, 118 years old; Kharigan Fuemmeler, 124 years old

Top 10 scores

(And ties)

1, Kenna George, Hallsville, 91; 2, Kady Couch, La Plata, 92; 3, Tank Canote, Harrisburg, 94; 4, Addy Green, Harrisburg, 94; 5, Macie Parks, Glasgow, 95; 6, Maggie Bennett, Brookfield, 95; 7, Tess Stephens, 96; 8, Kammie Dixon, Brookfield, 99; 9, Bailey Rhythm, Centralia, 99; 10, Schermerhorn Valley, Westran, 99

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