One stroke can make all the difference on the links.
Trinity Lutheran felt the effects of that extra shot, falling to Scottsburg 247-248 at Shadowood Golf Course on Monday.
“It wasn’t so much an error that it was just a stroke,” Cougars coach Nate Benter said. “Every stroke counts.”
Four Cougars took the course on the afternoon.
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Demi Oakes led Trinity with a 56, Macy Taylor carded 57, Morgan Gabbard totaled 64 and Anna Benter scored 71.
“The individual scores were a little lower than what I would have thought,” coach Benter said. “Macy and Demi have played better recently. We’ve been working on some things, and they’re out there grinding along with Morgan and Anna. I think by the end of the season things will come together.”
Benter said he is seeing improvement on the long game with his team.
“We seem to be doing a better job driving and hitting our irons,” he said. “It’s just trying to continue getting more consistent with contact. Our biggest area we need to work on is short game. I’ve seen a lot of three puts, but we will work on it.”
The Cougars will play at Hoosier Links Golf Club today against Milan and Jac-Cen-Del.
Owls win makeup match
Led by freshman Bridget Marshall’s 46, Seymour defeated Jennings County 206-233 in a rescheduled match Monday at Shadowood.
It was Marshall’s first-ever medalist finish for her varsity career.
“I’m very happy with how (Marshall) played today,” Owls coach RaeAnn Wintin said. “She had par on three holes and only struggled, really, on one hole. She had really nice drives today. Bridget felt like she also putted very well.”
Hannah Thompson was next for the Owls with 52, while Bailey Goben was one shot behind her.
Andrea Axsom totaled 55 and Jenna Ebler carded a 72 to round-out the Owls’ five.
“I was hoping we would be a little lower at home, but really these are pretty consistent with how we’ve been playing for the last couple weeks,” Wintin said. “It was really nice conditions today. It’s a nice change from the rain we’ve been having.”
The Owls will play today at Harrison Lake against Columbus North before taking on Valley View for the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament on Saturday.
“I think we will be competitive at the conference this year,” Wintin said. “I think we will be right there with a few teams. After the top three, I think four through eight will be competitive. I would love to see us around 400 (strokes), and I know we can do that.”