With five out of his six girls shooting career-bests on nine holes, Brownstown Central coach Brandon Allman couldn’t help but smile as he reviewed his scorebook Tuesday evening.
The Braves topped their tri-meet competition at Salt Creek Golf Retreat by shooting a season-low 189.
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Edgewood finished in the middle of the pack with a 209, and Brown County amassed 211 to round-out the scoring.
Senior Morgan Chastain led the Braves on the day with a career-low 44 with three pars.
“The course was really damaged because of the flood they had over the summer, but once you got a hold of the ball and stayed in the fairways it was easy going,” Chastain said. “There weren’t any hills to go up, so it made it a lot easier. Overall, it was a very good day.
“You wanted to play this course short. If you went long you were going in the water or out of bounds. You didn’t want to go left because there was a lot of collateral hazards in the rough.”
Braves junior Breonna Bottorff came in next for the Braves shooting a person best of 46 with pars on four holes.
In just the fourth match of Emma Zabor’s career, the sophomore carded a personal record of 47.
Senior Kaela Tormoehlen finished with a 57 for the Braves.
Sophomores Regan Campbell and Shelby Stuckwisch also shot personal-bests scoring 52 and 59, respectively.
“I’m really, really pleased,” Allman said. “Five out of six girls shooting career-bests makes us feel good. I’m really excited to see the girls get better without much practice time. It’s rewarding to see some of their reactions on the golf course, like watching Shelby Stuckwisch chip-in to get her first ever par. Her reaction is priceless, you can’t put that into words.”
Chastain said that the team’s performance at Salt Creek sets a tone early in the year.
“It shows a lot of potential for the rest of the season,” she said. “It’s really nice having success right now.”
Salt Creek’s front nine holes feature numerous water hazards, but the Braves felt they handled the ponds well.
“You just had to play the shots over the water (at Salt Creek),” Zabor said. “There were hazards on pretty much every hole so you had to hit up or around the best you could.”
While the Braves are still at the beginning of their 2015 campaign, they have big goals by the time sectional comes around.
“We need to just improve everyone’s score in small amounts at a time,” Zabor said. “If we do that, we’ll be good.”