Shorthanded Trinity finds way on course

For The Tribune

Trinity Lutheran’s golf team played well Tuesday evening against Oldenburg Academy at Shadowood golf Course despite hot, muggy weather.

Oldenburg Academy won by default, since Trinity was one player short, carding a team score of 206.

Despite not having a full team, Cougars coach Greg Personett was pleased with the play of his three underclassmen.

Meet medalist was Kennedy Hanna from Oldenburg who shot a 48, closely followed by her teammate Meghan Gray at 51.

Trinity junior Macy Taylor was next with a 53, tying with Oldenburg’s Caroline Storm.

Shannon Dean rounded out the Twisters scoring with a 54 for their team score of 206.

Other scorers for the Cougars were junior Demi Oakes with a 55, and sophomore Morgan Gabbard who carded a 61.

Personett was pleased with his team’s play even though they didn’t quite meet their standard.

The coach said is seeing improvement in his young team.

He was especially pleased with Gabbard, who is playing her first year of golf.

“Morgan had her first par of the year on hole No. 5,” Personett said. “She chipped it up close and made her putt. Morgan is hitting the ball much better than two weeks ago. She’s chipping the ball much better also.”

Juniors Taylor and Demi did not strike the ball to their standards, but both were only four shots over their average.

“The girls were not happy with their scores tonight, but I am,” Personett said. “Macy didn’t think she was playing well, but she really was. I’m seeing positive things out of our team.

“Demi was having a tough time early in the match. She couldn’t get the ball airborne. All of a sudden it kicks in, and she stayed positive, and it started to happen for her.”

The Cougars were without senior Jessica Fleener, who didn’t play due to illness.

As a team, Personett is seeing improvements from his girls.

“Good chipping, good putting, we are striking the ball well,” Personett said. “Tonight we just got beat by a better team. It happens.”