Lady Raiders place third in PAC golf meetSeptember 15, 2019
By TRAVIS DAVID
OAKLAND CITY — Led by Baileigh Schneider’s fifth place finish overall, the Southridge girls golf team placed third at the Pocket Athletic Conference Meet on Saturday at the Oakland City Golf Club.
Schneider, playing her first 18-hole match since coming off a back injury which she missed nearly three weeks of action, the junior carded an 85 for her round.
State ranked Gibson Southern easily ran away with the team title with a score of 334 — 26 strokes better than North Posey — while the Lady Raiders finished with a team score of 418.
Heritage Hills placed sixth with a score of 424, while Forest Park tied for sixth with a 486.
Gibson Southern’s Claire Jones took home meet medalist with a 3-over-par 77.
Schneider admitted she was a little scattered brained throughout the round.
“With it being my first 18 back and being PAC, my brain was just all over the place,” she said. “It was hard to stay focused, but I was just trying to hit greens and make pars.”
Scheinder carded six pars and a pair of birdies on the round.
She recorded her first birdie on the 442-yard Par 5 No. 7 and the 500-yard Par 6, No. 10.
“The birdies felt great,” she said. “But I still left a lot of shots out there, which is something I will need to work on this week before the sectional. But overall I had a good time playing alongside Claire (Jones) and Haylee (Exline).”
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Raiders were Meredith Heim (102), Ana Hewitt (113) and Emma Marley (118).
Heritage Hills’ Grace Mangan may have turned in the biggest surprise of the day. She knocked off 27 strokes from her previous 18-hole score and placed tied for sixth with an 89.
The finish, which topped the Patriots, was good enough to earn her All-Conference honors (Top 8).
“I am pretty surprised,” Mangan said. “This is my first year golfing so I didn’t really know what to expect. So I guess I am pretty proud of myself.”
So what was the difference on Saturday for Mangan?
“I hit my driver a lot better today,” she said. “I had been really struggling with my driver of late so I have been working really hard in practice and it worked well today...it is really exciting to make all-conference.”
Rounding out the team scoring for Heritage Hills were: Jayden Reyes (107), Sarah Mangan (108) and Taylor Klem (120).
Forest Park was led by Grace Wendholt’s 99, which was good for 12 overall.
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