Getzin, No. 7 Wildcats produce in pinkAugust 20, 2012
By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer
JASPER — On a day that wasn’t just about golf, Annie Getzin couldn’t find a complaint. Nor could anyone examining her round.
The Jasper junior enjoyed plenty of company Saturday at Jasper Municipal Golf Course, where the seventh-ranked Wildcats (325) edged No. 11 Castle (332) and No. 16 Evansville North (338) in the 13-team Wildcat Invitational.
The usual allotment of friends and family members gathered Saturday to watch the Wildcats, whose tournament was a Coaches vs. Cancer event. But Getzin had extra company. Her aunt Anita Hedinger followed her the entire round. An uncle showed up toward the end of the round to offer additional support. Throw in beautiful weather and that Getzin finished as medalist with a 72, and you end up with the expected assessment.
“It was just a really great day,” Getzin said. “I felt the happiness from everyone. I felt the support and the love and it was just great.
“I was just happy, it was just all flowing through me, I had a good rhythm going.”
Raffle tickets were sold Saturday for cancer research, with $512 raised for the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital. Most girls, including Getzin, wore pink tops to raise awareness, and while the on-course chatter focused on the greens, down time allowed opportunities for the girls to talk about the message of the day.
“It’s very important to us,” said Getzin, who has posted Jasper’s low score in eight of 10 matches this season. “We like to make sure those people know that they do make a difference to us, and that we try to do our best for them.”
Competitors, parents and fans all thanked Jasper coach Steve Milligan afterward, having appreciated the event. He appeared tired, but smiled, as his 14-hour day was winding down. What stood out to him was that Getzin’s performance wasn’t a breakthrough. She’s been at this level all season.
“She’s been showing this for the last eight, nine matches, she’s been really putting it to it,” Milligan said. “She’s just shown me that she went out and got so much better over the winter. She improved, overall, her whole game.”
Also for Jasper’s A team, MeKenzie Hilsmeyer fired an 81, Emily Horney carded an 85 and Janelle Gore finished with an 87. Southridge (406) came in sixth, sandwiched between Jasper’s B team (369) and C team (415). Forest Park (441) finished 12th.
Jessica Oser produced a 98 and Alli Bounds added a 100 for the Raiders, who competed in their first 18-hole tournament of the year.
“I don’t know if they knew what to expect,” Southridge coach Phil Olinger said. “I didn’t.”
Olinger said the Raiders need to continue working on their short game, especially with a return date for sectional still ahead, but was happy with how the Raiders competed. Between a handful of Oser’s approach shots, Bounds’ middle game, Shelby Kippenbrock’s drives and Kayley Main’s chipping, there was plenty worth salvaging. Even if his team encountered the expected problematic back nine.
“It was rough,” Bounds said, laughing a bit. “It wasn’t my best day but it was practice for sectional and we’ll get out here a few more times and we’ll be ready by sectional.”
Forest Park, meanwhile, mixed in self-reliance as the Rangers competed as coach Bryce Morrison was out of town on a family trip. Kaylyn Gaesser finished with a 107 for the low Ranger score as Jordan Buechler added a 110 and Amie Weyer, whose mom, Linda, helped supervise the team, finished at 111.
“I kind of just had to rely on myself,” Amie said.
Occasionally she’d have to ask a competitor how far it was to the green or a hazard, but she managed on a day when she parred the last hole for the first time in her career. Gaesser, meanwhile, improved on her score from the Gibson Southern Invitational earlier in the season by two strokes.
“I think I could have done better if I could have stayed out of trees,” Gaesser said. “I did shoot better than what I had our last 18-hole tournament, so it wasn’t too bad.”
For Jasper, Milligan acknowledged his team felt some pressure coming into the tournament. The Wildcats didn’t have a good start, he said, as Milligan had to get on them a little bit to get them going. That they did, though Milligan still would have liked to have seen a score that was 10 to 15 strokes lower.
Milligan knows he has at least one ace. The others he figures will follow suit.
“The 325 that we shot today, I can’t say I was totally pleased with it, but we've just got to keep on getting better every day,” Milligan said. “Annie is playing outstanding. We’re struggling a little bit in other areas, but we’ll get there.”
Contact John Patishnock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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