Owls come just short of besting Olympians

While she didn’t have the medalist score in her final night of high school competition at Shadowood Golf Course, senior Hannah Thompson was all smiles by the end of her round.

Freshman teammate Bridget Marshall, who was in Thompson’s group, had tied for medalist, and that warranted a big hug on the fringe after the final putt.

“(Thompson) has always been the kind of kid that has led by example,” Owls coach RaeAnn Wintin said. “She goes above and beyond during and outside of practice. She’s always trying to improve her game. She’s a great teammate — yeah, Bridget beat her by two strokes tonight, but she was so happy for her to do well.”

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Before honoring their lone senior, the Owls had work to do on the links.

Despite shooting consistent scores top to bottom, Columbus East was able to edge Seymour 190-192 on the afternoon.

Marshall tied East senior Lily Shelp for the day’s low by carding 43.

It was Marshall’s second medalist finish of 2016.

The freshman finished with four pars on her scorecard.

“I thought (Marshall’s) drives looked nice,” Wintin said. “She had some nice shots on green. I didn’t see her putt around a whole lot.”

Thompson was next for the Owls at 45. In the No. 3 spot, Andrea Axsom totaled 52.

Bailey Goben scored 56 and Maddie Wisler mirrored Axsom with a 52 to round out the Owls’ top-five.

In the No. 6 spot, Laken Waskom had a solid day with 48.

East beat the Owls by four strokes Saturday — to finish third overall — at the Hoosier Hills Conference golf tournament at Valley View in Floyds Knobs.

Wintin said that she is seeing improvement in her young team against tough competition.

“I’m really happy to see us competitive with a team like Columbus East,” she said. “This is so different from last year. Last year, the scores weren’t even close to even. It’s good to see how we’ve improved and the girls see this and keep working.”

Today, the Owls will take on Bedford North Lawrence and Mitchell at Otis Park Golf Course — the sectional course they will return to in less than a month.

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.