Trio guides Cats to Big 8 title

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper’s girls golf team reclaimed the team prize with a whole lot of parity. Determining an individual victor? Well, that all came down to luck.


After finishing runner-up the last two years, the Wildcats reclaimed the Big Eight Conference crown, as their nine-hole total of 177 was 20 strokes better than anyone else Saturday at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville. Vincennes Lincoln (197) took second, followed by Mount Vernon (207), Washington (216), Boonville (226), Mount Carmel (230) and Princeton (232).

The best three individual scores of the day belonged to Jasper golfers, as Maddie Wagner, Gillian Blessinger and Haley Schroeder all carded 43s. But with rain invading and shortening the 18-hole meet to nine holes, the top individuals drew cards to determine a medalist. Wagner picked the right card to grab first place, with Schroeder earning second and Blessinger third. Those three earned all-conference positions along with teammate Mady Horney, who offered a 48. Hannah Erny’s 50 rounded out the scores for the Wildcats, who earned their 18th conference title; all have come since 1995.

At the Pocket Athletic Conference meet at Oakland City Golf Club, Forest Park (439), Southridge (445) and Heritage Hills (458) were fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, while Gibson Southern (362) earned a 17-stroke victory over Pike Central (379) for the team title.

Forest Park picked up a 103 from Hannah Weyer and 110s from Brianne Seffernick and Miranda Sermersheim. Olivia Mundy (103), Dalie Wibbeler (107) and Morgan Stapleton (112) topped Southridge, while Vicki Nelson (92) and Caroline Guth (104) produced Heritage Hills’ top scores.

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