Waynesville Lady Tiger, Victoria Hooker, qualified for the Missouri Girls State Golf Championship Tournament at the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia on October 9th and10th. She shot a 16 over 86 at the Whispering Oaks golf course in Marshfield Monday in the State Sectionals Tournament.
    Coach Dowell said this about Victoria Hooker, “She is a special young lady who has made herself into a competitive golfer. The dedication she has had over the last two off-seasons has finally paid off for her. She will be only the second Lady Tiger to make it to the state tournament in its 10 year history. I wish her the best of luck in Sedalia and all her future endeavors.”
The course was playing more difficult today due to wind gusts at nearly twenty five mph. She started on the back nine and took some time adjusting to the wind off the tee. The wind coupled with not being able to get chip shots close on approach shots resulted in a forty five on the back.
She played much better on the front nine by shooting a forty one. She knew going into this tournament that she needed to be in the mid-80's to move on to state. Hooker played tough and pulled through it, like she has done many other times this season.
Waynesville Golf Coach Rube Dowell said about a moment during the match, “I unintentionally made her cry on the 5th hole when I told her that she hadn't played well today and that her season could be over after these last five holes. I asked her to make those holes memorable and not a regret. She responded by crying and telling me that I shouldn't remind her of things like that. I am not sure what happened in her mind, but all of a sudden it clicked and she saved her season by finishing off the last five holes in one over par. If that isn't a grinder, I don't know what is!”