North Daviess repeats as SWIAC golf champs
With just two schools fielding complete teams Tuesday’s Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference girls golf tournament was essentially a dual match between Linton-Stockton and North Daviess.
And once again the North Daviess Lady Cougars got the better of the Lady Miners.
North Daviess claimed its fifth straight SWIAC title, besting Linton-Stockton by 27 strokes, 189-216 at Phil Harris Golf Course.
“They have experience,” Lady Miners coach Noah Hawkins said of the SWIAC champs. “At least four of them have played in at least one conference meet if not two.
“They’re a solid team and a solid program.”
The Lady Cougars were ten shots better than last year’s winning total of 199. The Lady Miners also improved, by five strokes from a year ago.
“For us, a 216 - compared to where we started this year - it’s nice to see,” Hawkins said.
North Daviess’ Sarah Yoder fired a 45 to claim low medalist honors.
And Yoder had plenty of help. Teammates Lexi Cornelius and Allie Byrer each carded 47, one better than Linton-Stockton’s low girl Taylor Riggleman. Maddie Lawyer’s 50 completed the scoring for North Daviess.
Peyton Bland and Mattia Potter each had good rounds for the Lady Miners. Bland posted a 52 with Potter one stroke back. Isabel Meek’s 63 rounded out the Lady Miners’ lineup.
Eastern Greene also competed. Although Eastern did not have the minimum four players required to post a team score two golfers - Raven Ridgway and Holly Fizer - teed it up for the Lady Thunderbirds.
Fizer made it around the course in 65 strokes. Ridgway signed for a 70.
Both are sophomores and this is the first year either has played golf.
Eastern Greene coach Nathan Martindale gives the girls credit for sticking with a difficult and challenging sport as first-year players.
“We started a week late this season,” Martindale said. “And we had to start from square one.”
The coach explained it was really about teaching the basics of golf - what club to use, when to use the putter or when to use a wedge around the fringe - all those small things people automatically assume comes with golf.
“From where we started essentially a month ago until now we’ve made great strides,” Martindale said. “Both of these girls have done a great job. And we keep getting better.
I’m excited about them continuing on the next couple years.”
The coach went on to say he may have a couple girls interested for next year so the Lady Thunderbirds may be able to play in some team matches.
Scores were low considering the tricky pin placements. The Phil Harris course was set up for this weekend’s Big Mac tournament. The hole locations were more challenging than the girls are accustomed to, making for some interesting putts.
“With these pin locations I think I saw at least three 3-putts,” Hawkins commented.
The Lady Miners coach said Riggleman, Bland and Potter all hit the ball very well but “These pin placements were a little bit extreme for them compared to what they’re used to. Obviously it’s the same for all the girls so there’s no disadvantage.
“But it’s a good experience for them because the greens are going to be a lot faster Saturday.”
Hawkins was referring to Saturday’s girls golf sectional at Country Club of Old Vincennes where the Lady Miners will compete.
At Phil Harris Golf Course
NORTH DAVIESS (189) – *Sarah Yoder 45, Lexi Cornelius 47, Allie Byrer 47, Maddie Lawyer 50, Addison Wittmer 67.
LINTON-STOCKTON (216) – Taylor Riggleman 48, Peyton Bland 52, Mattia Potter 53, Isabel Meek 63.
EASTERN GREENE (NS) – Holly Fizer 65, Raven Ridgway 70.
* – Low Medalist