Cats best Raiders at Buffalo Trace

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Jasper senior Elizabeth Ackerman shot a 41 Thursday against Southridge - just a shade off medalist honors. The Wildcats topped the Raiders, 173-211, at Buffalo Trace Golf Course. 


JASPER - It hasn't been the easiest week for Jasper girls golf, having to play its fourth match in four days on Thursday, but the Wildcats found a way to top county rival Southridge, 173-211, on the back nine holes of Buffalo Trace Golf Course.

The Wildcats have also golfed at some other courses this week, having also competed Monday at Helfrich Golf Course, topping Evansville Mater Dei, 158-185. Tuesday was a home course match at Buffalo Trace in a triangular and also golfed Wednesday at Sultan's Run Golf Club in a 152-174 loss to Castle.

"I think the strenuous part is just knowing that you got to play again today," Jasper coach Josh Dahmer said. "You got to go again tomorrow, you got to go again the next day and we had to travel in some weather on Monday. And then we were all stressed about the weather possibly cancelling us Monday, but we got lucky and we got it in."

Dahmer hailed the determination and the work ethic that his golfers show - managing to come out Thursday and get the win after a loss the day before. He loves the attitudes that they show, and that they keep on going if they get knocked down.

Said work ethic also applies to Jasper's ability to rotate between medalists, and on Thursday, it was senior Avery Bartley's turn - having shot a 40 during the match.

"Avery's been in a really good rhythm all season long," Dahmer said. "I mean she, if you want to call it, struggled a little bit at Sultan's Run yesterday and went up a little bit. But it comes right back to an equally as hard back nine here at Buffalo Trace and shoots a 40, which is stellar."

"I felt that everything was going pretty well today," Bartley said. "I had a few rough holes, but I felt like I kept it together pretty well and everything worked out.

"I would say that my midrange game was pretty good," she later said. "My irons were working out really well for me, and I had some really good long shots - and my chipping was really good, too."

This was not Southridge's first go at Buffalo Trace this season, as the Raiders also went 18 holes Aug. 21 at the Jasper Invitational, shooting a team score of 427 on that day.

"We came into today looking at this as a good practice round for us for sectional coming up," Southridge coach Tom Collins said. "They were working on different parts of their game. We weren't really too concerned about the score."

Southridge junior Sidney Layton finished with a team score of 53. The Raiders fell to Jasper, 173-211, Thursday at Buffalo Trace Golf Course. 

Collins told The Herald that all of his golfers specifically needed to work on putting, and the majority did better on Thursday. He knows that it's a different game every time the Buffalo Trace back nine is played, and there can be some hazard traps along the way, too. However, he thought they played okay.

Friday will be a day of rest for both Jasper and Southridge, but the Raiders have a high stakes match on Saturday in the Pocket Athletic Conference meet at Country Oaks Golf Club. Collins noted that the Raiders had their practice round on Wednesday - and practiced well, to boot.

"Realistically, we're looking at second," he said. "Gibson Southern is strong, and there's really no doubt in my mind that unless some catastrophe happens to them, if they are there and they're healthy - they're going to win that. They're really strong, and second is what we're shooting for."

Jasper, meanwhile, is next scheduled to compete Tuesday against Bedford North Lawrence at Otis Park before the Sept. 11 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference meet at Sultan's Run.

"It should be an interesting day," Dahmer said of the SIAC match. "Sultan's Run a tough course, and we'll be playing 18 holes on it - and that will make it even tougher."

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