Wildcats claim title in invite championship

Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Jasper's Elizabeth Ackerman tees off during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper. 

BY TRAVIS DAVID
tdavid@dcherald.com

JASPER — Elizabeth Ackerman didn’t quite know what to think about her round Saturday afternoon.

But the Jasper golfer knew exactly how she felt about her teammates.

“I am really proud of all my teammates,” the Lady Wildcat No. 1 golfers said. “I thought everyone played well today.”

Led by Ackerman, Jasper finished first in its own invitational at Buffalo Trace Golf Course which was also the Coaches vs. Cancer benefit.

The Lady Wildcats ran away with the team title with a score of 387 as Brown County was a distant second with a 439.

Southridge finished third with a 442, while Springs Valley (443) and Crawford County (462) rounded out the top five.

Forest Park was sixth with a score of 466.

Springs Valley’s Keisha Bennett finished as the meet medalist with an 18-hole score of 83.

Ackerman placed second overall as she carded a 90, while Southridge’s Baileigh Schneider was third with a 93.

Jasper’s No. 2 golfer, Halle Knies finished a stroke behind Schneider for a fourth-place finish.

Both Ackerman and Schneider were within striking distance of Bennett at the turn.

All three golfers were paired together with Bennett carrying a 4-shot lead over both local players with a 41.

Ackerman and Schneider closed the gap by a stroke as both carded pars on No. 10, while Ackerman picked up another stroke on No. 11.

After finding the fairway with her tee shot on No. 11, Schneider’s second shot drifted out of bounds as she ended up losing two strokes to Bennett.

After both Bennett and Ackerman carded pars on No. 12, the Spring Valley golfer started to open the gap on No. 13.

Ackerman’s second shot found a water hazard and she lost three strokes to Bennett.

“I put myself in some hard situations today,” Ackerman said. “I thought I probably could have played better.”

Schneider picked up a little momentum as she stuck her approach shot, from 125 yards out, to within 10 feet of the cup. She would sink her birdie putt for her second birdie of the day.

Forest Park's Makayla McKim tees off during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper.

The Lady Raider also carded a birdie on the 280-yard Par 4 No. 6 on the front side.

Bennett staved off any chance of a run by Ackerman or Schneider by not carding anything over a bogey the rest of the round, including back-to-back pars to wrap up her tournament.

Ackerman finished her round with seven pars.

“I was hoping to break 90 today, but I am still OK with my score,” she said.

Schneider finished with two birdies and two pars.

Avery Bartley and Anna Schmitt rounded out the scoring for Jasper with 100 and 103, respectively.

Meredith Heim carded a 110 for the Raiders, while Isabel Morrison (122) and Emma Marley (117) rounded out the scoring for Southridge.

Forest Park was led by Maya Jones’ 112.

Makayla McKim (116), Grace Wendolt (118) and Kelsie Jacob (120) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Rangers.

Jones and Jacob started the day as Forest Park’s No. 5 and No. 6 golfers, respectively.

Jasper's Avery Bartley putts as she plays with Springs Valley's Kelly Sammons, left, and Southridge's Isabel Morrison during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper.

 

Forest Park's Grace Wendholt putts on the 18th hole during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper.

 

Forest Park's Makayla McKim hits the ball during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper.

 

Southridge's Baileigh Schneider hits the ball during Saturday's Wildcat Invitational golf tournament at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper.



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