Southridge triumphant in golf openerAugust 10, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Southridge had to wait just a tad bit longer than usual to play out its 187-237 victory against Pocket Athletic Conference rival Tecumseh on Monday.
A high heat index forced a delay in play early in the match, and everybody retreated into the clubhouse at Huntingburg Country Club before play was allowed to resume. The delay shocked Raiders coach Tom Collins, since he was feeling a nice breeze at the time, but the match was allowed to resume after the heat index had dropped. The golfers were advised to stay hydrated.
Perhaps the only star that shined brighter than the sun on Monday was Southridge senior Baileigh Schneider. Schneider cruised to medalist honors by shooting a 34 on nine holes. She never scored higher than a five, and she only did so one hole. The rest of her holes were either threes or fours, and she scored a three on three of her final four holes.
"After I made my eagle (putt) on (hole) six, I was just focused on parring out and making sure that I keep the score that I wanted to have for myself," Schneider said.
A 34 was indeed a score that Schneider wanted to have, and she was very proud of herself for attaining it. This 2020 debut continued the success she saw as a junior, when she placed fifth as an individual at the 2019 PAC meet, and medaled at the Jasper sectional.
"I think she's ready to show everybody what she is made of," Collins said. "This is her last year. I know she really wants to make it all the way this year."
Collins added Schneider is always perfecting her game, and that she's at the top of right now. She shot 14 lower than the next closest person on Monday, but Collins attributed the team victory to how much the Raiders had fun and how well they played.
He thought it was "very respectable" to start the season with a team score of 187, and noted how the team struggled a few times last year to even get under 200.
"I'm really proud of them," he said. "They've been working hard in practice. I think they're ready to go this season, and tonight's score showed it, for a 187 for us is really good."
The Raiders will turn right back around and do it again Tuesday. They are scheduled to visit PAC rival Forest Park at Christmas Lake Golf Course.
Collins noted that Christmas Lake is a different course than Huntingburg Country Club, with a different layout, but he thinks most of his golfers enjoy the venue.
"I'm expecting us to shoot as well as we did tonight, or hopefully a few strokes better," Collins said.
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