The Seymour and Brownstown Central girls golf teams were back in action Friday morning, taking on their future sectional course for the first time in 2017.
Seymour High School placed third while the Braves finished fourth in the eight-team field at the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational, hosted at Otis Park Golf Course.
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Bedford North Lawrence combined for 347 strokes on their home course to retain the title.
North Harrison — led by medalist Hallie Hinton’s 7-over-par 79 — was runner-up at 359. Seymour (395), BCHS (406), Bloomington South (407), Southridge (414) and Bloomington North (417) followed.
Bridget Marshall led the Owls by carding a 91, Madeleine Wilser shot a 93, Laken Waskom had 100 and Andrea Axsom totaled 111. Bailey Goben rounded out the top five with a 120.
“I was really hoping everyone would shoot below 100,” Owls coach Lakin Covery said. “I talked to the girls on the way up, and told them I was hoping that we could beat Wednesday’s score (377) but that didn’t happen today.”
The 18-hole tournament was the Owls’ third of the week.
Covey said the team needs to work on its short game.
“I think it played tough today because of the wind,” Covey said. “A lot of the girls had trouble chipping. I saw yesterday at practice that our chipping needed some work.
“I think it’s a good experience for the girls to come out here a few times a year to get practice for sectional.”
Brownstown’s 406 mirrored their score from Wednesday’s Seymour Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course.
“I was hoping we would break 400,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said. “I’m looking at cutting down 30 shots between three players. I know it’s easier said than done, but I think that’s easily within our grasp by the end of the year.”
Emma Zabor was low for the Braves with a 93. Regan Campbell shot a 96, Shelby Stuckwisch carded a 105 and KaCee Collins had a 112. In her first-ever competition, nine or 18 holes, Ashley Schorer shot 150.
Allman said Campbell is improving on consistency, moving up from the bottom to the top of the lineup so far this season.
“It feels like she really wants to play well out here — she’s a little more focused on the golf course now,” he aid. “If she’s able to to break some mental lapses, she could easily break 90. She’s easily the second best ball striker on her team. She’s putting everything together.”
Zabor, who returns as the Braves’ No. 1 golfer, had a frustrating week but is doing everything she can to get back on track.
“ I know that she’s going to have a playing lesson on Monday before our team practice,” Allman said. “She has aspirations to play at the next level. I know she will bounce back and by the end of the season I can see her shooting 85 or lower.”