Per the usual, not much separated the Shipp sisters in their final tournament of the season.
Platte County junior Jessalyn Shipp recorded the lowest two-day total in program history at the Missouri State Golf Championships, finishing with an 87-87—174 at Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia, Mo. Kasydie Shipp, also a junior, wasn’t far behind with a 90-88—178 in the Class 2 competition.
Previously, Ashlee Warnke held the Platte County record with an 87-90—177 in 2008.
Platte County’s twin talents qualified for state in the same season for the first time with both making a second appearance. Jessalyn Shipp’s 34-over placed her in a six-way tie for 42nd, while Kasydie Shipp was in a four-way tie for 55th.
The all-state cutoff in Class 2 ended up being 157.
A state qualifier as a freshman who missed a berth as a sophomore by one stroke at sectionals, Jessalyn Shipp took two different routes to her matching 87s. Kasydie Shipp showed improvement on the second day to move up the leaderboard.
Jessalyn Shipp was steady during Monday’s opening round, carding two pars on a front nine 43 and a birdie at No. 10 and a par on a backside 44. With weather delaying Tuesday’s round, she started on the back nine and began with three straight pars on the way to a 39, but she shot 13-over on the front nine to end up back at 87 for a second straight day.
Making her second straight state appearance, Kasydie Shipp opened at No. 10 in the first round and made four pars in her first 11 holes. She stumbled down the stretch and ended up with a 90 — three shots behind her sister.
Kasydie Shipp came back in cold conditions to improve her score in the second round. Despite no pars on the front side, she made three in her final four holes to close with an 88.
Both sisters recorded their best state finish.
Park Hill South’s two state qualifiers both struggled in the 96-golfer field. Sadie Franklin, a junior making her second straight appearance, opened with a 98 on Monday and improved to a 95 to finish at 53-over and alone in 83rd.
Maddie Hill, a junior and surprise qualifier out of Sectional 4, shot 109-110—219 in her first trip to state.