Elsa Mefford competes at state golf meet
By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter
Carlinville High School junior Elsa Mefford represented Macoupin County as the only area golfer at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state meet, held at Red Tail Run Golf Course in south Decatur last weekend.
Mefford fell five strokes short of advancing to the Oct. 19 finals, but finished with a score of 88 overall during her first 18 holes at that particular level Friday, Oct. 18.
Mefford previously braved rocky regional weather conditions to advance to sectionals in Jacksonville, in which she bounced back with one of her best 18-hole scores of 82.
With another season to look forward to, Mefford and her family are walking away from the 2019 campaign with their heads held high.
“It was really great to golf with girls that have such talent,” said Mefford. “Just seeing that kind of pushed me and made me want to work harder for next year. I’m really glad I got to experience this at least once. Hopefully, I can do it again.”
“She’s been working really hard ever since the summer,” said Elsa’s mother, Laura Mefford. “She participated in lots of tournaments and she saw what it was going to take in order to compete up at that level. I was truly impressed with how much time she put in after practice. What she put up at state wasn’t enough, but she now knows which things she has to work on for next season. I have all the faith in the world that she will do even better next time.”
Furthermore, E. Mefford got to absorb valuable lessons throughout her journey. The most popular one was how the sport she loved was truly more than just a game.
“This is an activity that you can participate in throughout your entire life,” said E. Mefford. “You can also build many relationships when you go to these tournaments. You can make new friends throughout the day and if you ever play with those people again, you’ll remember most of them and even the last time you competed against each other.