Schneider medals again for Southridge

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Southridge's Baileigh Schneider smiles as he retrieves a ball from a hole Tuesday at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Schneider medaled by shooting a 41 against Forest Park.

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

SANTA CLAUS — Baileigh Schneider was proud to have medaled for the second straight day, but the Southridge senior knows she could have played better on Tuesday.

Schneider shot a 41 at Christmas Lake Golf Course against Forest Park, with the latter team not having a team score again. Six of her nine holes consisted of threes and fours, but two of her final three holes consisted of scores of six and five. Schneider finished with an eight on her fourth hole of the day.

The 41 was okay in Schneider's eyes, but added it wasn't where she wants to be. That score was a tad higher than the 34 she shot Monday at Huntingburg Country Club against Tecumseh.

"I know that that 34 last night was at our home course," Schneider said. "I knew that course very well. I knew where to hit to the ball. I knew the greens. I knew everything, and coming here right at game time was...a little rust for me. I was not into my routine, and shooting a 41 was kind of my result of that."

Schneider and her Southridge teammates shot a 202 on Tuesday. Raiders coach Tom Collins was expecting they'd have the same score or lower after Monday's victory against Tecumseh, however.

"That's golf," Collins said. "Sometimes, that happens. Some of them are like, 'I don't know what happened tonight. Last night, I felt comfortable. Tonight, I just didn't feel comfortable over the ball.' So, you get comments like that. Some of them just kind of lost their game tonight, and that's kind of the way golf is."

The Raiders will be at the driving range Wednesday for practice. Collins thinks their game is okay, but are going through a mental thing right now. He felt not competing against an opposing team score Tuesday contributed to that mental impact, but he thinks Southridge will be okay when it goes back out and gets comfortable.

Collins noted, though, that a 202 is not all that bad for the Raiders.

"We're right where we want to be," he said. "It's early in the season and come the end, we'll be ready for sectional."

Southridge will see Forest Park again on Thursday, as well as Jasper and Springs Valley at the Donald Ross Course in French Lick.

"If we do well, that's icing on the cake, but getting that experience is a big thing for us," Collins said.

"(What) I'm hoping is to just keep the ball in the fairway and try to get on the green," Schneider said. "The greens are very hard. They're very fast. They're hard to hit. You have to figure out those greens very quickly."

The Raiders weren't the only team that dealt with struggles on Tuesday, as the Rangers competed for the first time since Aug. 4 against Springs Valley. Multiple factors prevented Forest Park from having practice on Monday; and coach Nick Grothouse stressed to his golfers Tuesday night that there will be practice Wednesday, as they really need to work on their putting and chipping.

 

Forest Park junior Grace Wendholt shot a team-low 59 on Tuesday against Southridge.

Grothouse felt that was a huge weakness, as the Rangers were killing themselves on shots that should be easy.

"If we can get it to the hole in two or three shots, we should be able to get it in the hole in two or three shots," Grothouse said.

He still found some positives to come away with on Tuesday. Grothouse was proud of the putting sophomore Kaitlyn Seffernick showed. It took her three putts to bury the ball into the hole, but consistently made it on the first or second putt. She lowered her score from a 65 on Aug. 4 to a 62 on Tuesday.

Grothouse thought the heat got to his golfers, as did not having practice on Monday, but noted that junior Grace Wendholt, who shot a team-best 59 on Tuesday, did some work in her yard on Monday using a simulator. Wendholt nearly replicated the 58 she shot against Springs Valley.

He noted that Forest Park can only practice what it can control, which is its work around the greens, given that it's a different animal from Christmas Lake. Therefore, because it is different than Christmas Lake, Grothouse is expecting his golfers will have higher scores.

Grothouse also knows that his golfers have bad tastes in their mouth from past experiences, but he hopes they can turn those bad tastes into motivation.

"As long as they beat their expectations, I'm happy with that," he said.




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