Coming into Friday’s (Aug. 16) match with the Franklin County Lady Wildcats and the Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, Batesville’s girls golf team was riding a modest two-game winning streak.
The Wildcats abruptly put an end to it by rounding the course in 183, compared to a 204 put up by the Lady Bulldogs. OA, hamstrung by small numbers, posted an incomplete score with only two golfers available.
“We know what we’ve got to do to get conference and Franklin County’s the team to beat,” said Batesville head coach Tom Meyer after all scores were tabulated.
As a team, perhaps, but not when it comes to individuals.
Bulldog freshman prodigy Emma Weiler earned medalist honors by four strokes with a 39 across the front nine. Through Batesville’s first six outings, the newcomer has won five of them and was one just one shot away from tying for the sixth.
“For her first time in a match on this course, it wasn’t bad, considering the pins were in tough spots,” her coach commented. “She’s amazing and will keep getting better because she works so hard at it. She is going to be a joy to watch for four years.”
FC’s Camryn Brewer was closest to Weiler after carding 43 for coach Marisa Mears. Emerald Simmonds was low for the Twisters, coming in at 60.
“The scores are generally going to be a little higher on this course ... this is a tough course,” Meyer remarked. “The 183 for Franklin County is actually high for them. They’ve been in the 170s or even a little better than that.”
Wildcat junior Gracie Graf compiled a 45 and teammate Taylor McCreary collected a 47, tying her with Batesville’s senior No. 2, Sarah Ronnebaum. Franklin County’s No. 1, Maggie Brack, rounded out Wildcat scoring with a 48.
Bulldog sophomores Tori Harpring and Chloe Murphy filled out the BHS scorecard, posting 57 and 61, respectively. Freshman Madelyn Pohlman finished with a 70. Oldenburg’s other counter, turned into coach Tim Maple, came from Amelia Austin’s 66. FC’s Ashlan Hill also competed Friday.
“We’re still really young,” said Meyer. “We’ve just got to get the girls out and keep them playing ... we’ll work a lot on our short game and putting.
“The way the season goes, there’s just not a lot of time for practice with having so many matches,” he went on. “We’ve got to convince them to get in more summer golf to improve that way.”
After recording matching 207s earlier in the week against Columbus East and Connersville, the Bulldogs improved in Friday’s effort, albeit by just three strokes.
“We’ve been consistent, we shot about what we’ve been shooting,” noted Meyer. “Now, we need to look at getting a little better, but the girls are coming around and doing a good job.
“We’re athletic, young and enthusiastic,” concluded the coach. “It’s going to take a little time, but we’ll get there.”
Batesville (2-1) hosted OA, Milan and Jennings County Monday (results not available at press time) and welcomes Columbus North to Hillcrest Aug. 20. Both the Bulldogs and Twisters join FC at the Connersville Invitational Aug. 24.
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