Owls golfers making strides

For The Tribune

Three members of the Seymour girls varsity golf team recorded scores in the 40s during Monday’s match against New Albany at Shadowood Golf Course.

The Owls shot 192 as a team on the evening.

New Albany only had two golfers, but one of them was Kaylen Hook, who was medalist with 39.

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Seymour coach RaeAnn Wintin checked her record book after the match and found out the Owls shot 197 on the front nine last week in the Seymour Invitational, so she was pleased with the improvement.

Andrea Axsom was low for the Owls on Monday with a 45, Hannah Thompson shot 47 and Bridget Marshall shot 49.

“It can be anybody at any day,” Wintin said about who is capable of leading the team.

Marshall was Seymour’s low scorer in the Seymour Invite, while Thompson was low for the team at Bedford on Friday.

“It’s really good to see improvement on our home course this early in the season,” Wintin said. “I like seeing three girls in the 40s. I feel confident that by the end of the season I could have five girls in the 40s. I think we’re close enough we can get there.

“I thought our drives looked better today, and I thought some girls had some really good putts today. It’s nice when our course is in good enough shape that we can hit the ball on a drive and it will roll for us a little bit and get a center position in the fairway.”

Other varsity scores for the Owls were Maddie Wisler at 51 and Bailey Goben’s 53.

Jenna Ebler led the Seymour JV by shooting 49, and three other Owls scored in the 50s.

“Jenna came out a little late this season, so I have to get a couple more scores for her to go toward her average before I make that switch,” Wintin said.

Seymour’s next match will be Saturday in the Providence Invite at Champions Pointe.

Wintin said she expects some very competitive challenge matches later this week.

“We’ll probably play at least one more nine-hole round just to get some more scores in to kind of see where everyone’s going to fall in the lineup for Saturday,” she said. “They need to work on the range, and work on their chipping and putting. That’s an area we can save some strokes, too. I hate to see girls that have to take more than one stroke to chip up onto the green.”

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.