Ackerman rebounds to lead Wildcats to win

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Jasper's Elizabeth Ackerman checks her putt line during Thursday's golf match at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper. For more photos from Thursday, please click here.

By TRAVIS DAVID
tdavid@dcherald.com 

JASPER — From worst to best.

That is what Elizabeth Ackerman accomplished in a 24-hour time frame.

The Jasper golfer fired a career worst score of 50 Wednesday evening in the Lady Wildcats dual-match loss to Castle at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Thursday evening, Ackerman bounced back with a career-best score of 39 in leading the Lady Wildcats to a dual win over Southridge on the back nine at Buffalo Trace.

“I thought it was pretty crazy,” Ackerman said of her score. “I didn’t think I would be able to shoot that low, but I knew after (Wednesday) I had to just refocus.”

Behind Ackerman’s 39, the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 196-239 win over Southridge.

So what was the difference in the two rounds?

“All of my shots were a lot better today, all of them,” Ackerman stated. “And I had less putts today too.”

Not having to putt on the first hole helped with her putting average.

After just missing hitting a green in regulation on the 276-yard uphill Par 4 No. 10, Ackerman chipped in for a birdie from the fringe.

“That was a really good way to start the round,” she said. “It was a good way to boost my confidence after last night.”

She went on to record three pars on her scorecard in addition to another birdie.

After crushing her tee shot on No. 16, Ackerman knocked her approach shot to within 15 feet of the pin. She proceeded to sink the slight left-to-right breaking putt.

Ackerman could have had an even lower round if not for a double-bogey on her final hole — the second of her round.

“The two double bogeys made me think I was not going to shoot as good as I did,” she admitted. “It really surprised me when I heard my score.”

Southridge, who was playing without its top golfer, Baileigh Schneider due to a sore lower back, was led by Emma Marley’s 55.

Meredith Heim careded a 57, while Anna Hewit (61) and Isabel Morrison (64) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Raiders.

Halle Knies and Anna Schmitt finished second on the Lady Wildcats with a pair of 52’s, while Avery Bartley’s 53 rounded out the scoring.

Jasper shaved off 10 strokes from its score on Wednesday.

“The biggest thing is they got back on greens they are more used to,” the Wildcats coach Jan Tellstrom said. “Rolling Hills course, which is in great shape, has really fast greens, and we just never made the adjustments we needed to. Tonight, the girls bounced back well.”

 




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