All­man Sets High Goals

MCHS SOPHO­MORE FALLS IN LOVE WITH GOLF

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Lily All­man achieved great shots dur­ing McDon­ald County

High School’s first year of girls golf. The

sopho­more shot her way to the state tour­na­ment, fin­ish­ing in a tie for 40th place out

of a field of 90.

Lily All­man took ad­van­tage of McDon­ald County High School’s first year to of­fer girls’ golf.

The sopho­more shot her way to the state tour­na­ment, fin­ish­ing in a tie for 40th place out of a field of 90.

Though this was McDon­ald County’s first year to have a girls’ team, this wasn’t the first year for All­man to play for McDon­ald County. Last year she was the best player on McDon­ald County’s boys’ team.

“I think it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence to have a girls’ team this year,” All­man said. “It was re­ally fun be­cause hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play from the red tees in­stead of the white is a lot bet­ter. This year my sec­ond shots were irons most of the time in­stead of fair­way woods.”

What makes All­man’s ac­com­plish­ment that much more in­cred­i­ble is that she has been play­ing golf for only two years.

It was just one day when she was look­ing for some­thing to do that she took a cou­ple of her dad’s clubs out­side and be­came hooked.

“I re­ally liked it, so my dad (Mark All­man) started tak­ing me to the course and to the driv­ing range,” All­man said. “We played a lot af­ter I got started, es­pe­cially at Noel and at the driv­ing range in Joplin.”

In ad­di­tion to burn­ing up the lo­cal cour­ses, All­man has taken trips to South Carolina and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where she played at the famed Tor­rey Pines Coun­try Club this past sum­mer.

“She is a model stu­dent and a leader in the class­room and on the team. She is very car­ing and is al­ways will­ing to help oth­ers. She is a great ex­am­ple for ev­ery other stu­dent-ath­lete at our school. I look for­ward to coach­ing her the next two years.”

Kyle Fields

For­mer Coach

Mark and Lily were in­stru­men­tal in get­ting McDon­ald County to start a girls’ golf pro­gram.

“We had talked to Nick (for­mer ath­letic di­rec­tor Nick Martin) and he was very sup­port­ive,” All­man said. “Dad and I talked so some of the school board mem­bers and they brought it up at meet­ings.”

Lily and her dad were also in­stru­men­tal in get­ting other girls in­ter­ested in play­ing and in sup­ply­ing them with equip­ment.

“Me and Anna (team­mate Anna Mead) had played on the boys’ team, so we had ev­ery­thing we needed,” All­man said. “My dad had some clubs and some sets of clubs and we put those to­gether and had that avail­able to any­one who wanted to play. I put up fly­ers and talked to girls at the end of school last year to see who wanted to play. It was a strug­gle at first but, once we got started, there was more in­ter­est and I think next year there will be more girls want­ing to try out.”

All­man said she hit her goal of be­ing in the top 40 at state right on the num­ber, though tough con­di­tions made scor­ing very hard.

“The first day I prob­a­bly played the best I could,” All­man said. “It was pretty cold to start off with, but it warmed up a lit­tle. It never rained, but the course held a lot of water from all the rain from the week be­fore the tour­na­ment. It was very, very wet and muddy. The sec­ond day it was cold all day.”

All­man plans to con­tinue her busy sum­mer sched­ule this year, look­ing at pos­si­bly play­ing in some USGA events in the Mid­west.

“My goal next year is to be at least top 20 or top 25 at state,” All­man said. “Even­tu­ally I would like to make all-state in high school and play golf in col­lege.”

Kyle Fields was the coach for McDon­ald County’s first girls’ team. He said hav­ing All­man on the team had a big im­pact on get­ting other girls to play and set a good ex­am­ple on how to play the game.”

“Lily has a very good work ethic and is a very ma­ture and com­pet­i­tive per­son,” Fields said. “She is a model stu­dent and a leader in the class­room and on the team. She is very car­ing and is al­ways will­ing to help oth­ers. She is a great ex­am­ple for ev­ery other stu­dent-ath­lete at our school. I look for­ward to coach­ing her the next two years.”

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Lily All­man hits a shot to­wards the Kansas City sky­line dur­ing the Mis­souri Class 2 Girls State Golf Tour­na­ment at Swope Memo­rial Golf Course.

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