Shipp sinks eagle, helps Platte County golf finish 5th in St. Joseph

Citizen Staff Report

Jessalyn and Kasydie Shipp finished back-to-back in the top 10 of the St. Joseph Central Invitational for Platte County. The pair of medalists helped the Pirates come in fifth in the final team standings Thursday, Aug. 31 at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo., and the sister duo provided some highlights.

 NICK INGRAM/Citizen photo Platte County junior Jessalyn Shipp hits an iron shot during the St. Joseph Central Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo.

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Platte County junior Jessalyn Shipp hits an iron shot during the St. Joseph Central Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo.

Both juniors, Jessalyn Shipp made her first career eagle on the way to a 12-over 86 on the unique par 74 layout, while Kasydie Shipp made a pair of birdies and shot an 87.

A Class 2 Missouri State Golf Championships qualifier as a freshman, Jessalyn Shipp took advantage of a short layout on the par 4 sixth hole. She hit a 3-wood just off the right side of the green and then used a sand wedge to hit a chip shot that hopped twice before rolling in the hole.

Jessalyn Shipp was along in fifth place, while Kasydie Shipp — a state qualifier last year as a sophomore — was by herself in sixth. There were 89 golfers total in the field from 19 teams, and Platte County’s team score was a 404.

Park Hill finished in a disappointing ninth with a team score of 425. The Trojans didn’t have a medalist, but sophomore Ishika Akula tied for 21st with a 99, while senior Kelbey Emerson — the onlyreturner in their top five — was 34th with a 106.

Park Hill South 188, Pembroke Hill 197, Park Hill 213, Raymore-Peculiar 220

All five players for Park Hill South shot 51 or under in a quad played Wednesday, Aug. 30 at The Deuce in Parkville, Mo.

Sadie Franklin — the Panthers’ only returner to the lineup from last year — led the way with a 45, good for second place. Maddie Hill shot a 47 to tie for third with Park Hill’s Akula, while Park Hill South’s Annie McFee and Kate Eischens and Emerson were part of a four-way tie for fifth.

Liberty North 180, Platte County 209

The Pirates shot 209 for the second time in as many dual competitions during a loss Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Liberty Hills Golf Course in Liberty, Mo.

Kasydie Shipp led Platte County with a 44, while Jessalyn Shipp followed with a 45 on a par 36 setup. Taylor Holbrook (57) and McKennah Houlahan (63) rounded out the Pirates’ team score.