Wildcats a winner at Buffalo TraceAugust 17, 2020
By JONATHAN SAXON
JASPER — If you live near Buffalo Trace, you might have heard the occasional “Fore” callout as three of the four local girls golf teams were in action Monday evening.
Jasper, Forest Park, Heritage Hills and Springs Valley matched irons on the course, and the Wildcats took home the win with a team score of 191.
The Patriots took second place with 228.
The Rangers and Blackhawks only fielded three golfers each and didn’t post a team score.
Wildcats coach Jan Tellstorm called the outing fine, but said his players weren’t too pleased with themselves.
“Although we won, the victory didn’t have a good feel for us,” he said. “They’ve been playing a lot of golf, so they were tired. None of them played well. Our lowest player was 41, and our highest (score) was 52. Those are decent scores, but here they all should be breaking 50. Was it horrible? The answer is no. But was it very gratifying? The answer is no (also).”
Junior Elizabeth Ackerman scored the 41 for Jasper.
She was aiming to finish somewhere in the high 30s, but her hooking drives added a few more strokes to her scorecard than she would have liked.
Still, Ackerman was encouraged by how she made up some ground in her short game on the green.
“I felt like I didn’t do my best,” she said. “But I had a lot of good recoveries, so my score ended up pretty good. My putting was pretty decent.”
Junior Grace Wendholt led the Rangers with a 56.
Wendholt finished a little over her target score of 50, but she felt good about the improvements she saw towards the middle of the match that kept her final score from being higher.
“I definitely think there’s room for improvement,” she said. “It wasn’t my best day. But I did par one hole, and I was happy with that. My driver needs work. I had about two good shots with my driver. Towards the middle I did better, and I was happy about that.”
“We have to work on her drive,” added Rangers coach Nick Grothouse. “She’s got a long backswing and can’t come down as far as she needs to. We can correct the drive, that will make her approaches better.”
Junior Grace Mangan led the Patriots with a 51. She said the start was a bit tough for her, but she felt herself get better toward the end of the match.
Her driver was also giving her a bit of trouble early on, but the short game helped save her a few strokes towards the end of the match.
“I wasn’t too hot in the beginning,” she said. “I wish I had a few more holes in the end because I was finally getting warmed up and getting in my groove. My putting helped me a lot tonight because my driver wasn’t working too well. I didn’t have the feel in the beginning, (but) I finished pretty well.”
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