By Rob Kiser
The high school girls golf season got underway Wednesday with the Think-Pink Lady Bucc Eagle Invitational at Echo Hills.
There were both some solid scores to go with a learning experience for many young golfers.
Tippecanoe edge Troy 356-357 for the team title, with Kenton Ridge taking third with a 378 total.
Fort Loramie’s Emily Knouff was medalist with a 79, while Tippecanoe’s Tori Merrick took second with an 80.
Miami East finished fourth with a 384 total.
Megan Pettit led the Lady Vikings with a 92.
Other East scores were Kiera Fellers 93, Megan Thompson 99, Maggie Bergman 100 and Haley Howard 107.
“The biggest thing I saw was the different approach the kids had coming here,” Miami East coach Bruce Vanover said about his experienced squad. “Last year, when they pulled in the parking lot, they just wanted to go home. This year, they were excited to be here.”
Vanover saw a lot of progress.
“Last year, they would let one bad shot affect them,” Vanover said. “I saw a number of girls today who had a 10 and follow it with a par. The girls played the way I expected them and we expect big things this year.”
Versailles finished fifth with a 388 score
Madison Covault led Versailles with an 88.
Lauren Heitkamp had a 91 and Lauren Durham carded a 92, followed by Morgan Heitkamp 112, Jorja Pothast 118 and Anna Groff 127.
“We only have one girl back from last year in Madison Covault,” Versailles coach Joe Harmann said. “I think we did a lot of good things today. There is plenty of room for improvement, but this was a good way to start the season.”
Russia took seventh with a 417 total
Alicia George led the Lady Raiders with a 98.
Other Russia scores were Maddie Borchers 103, Lizzie Adams 105, Kara Barlage 111, Ellie Fiessinger 119 and Shea Borchers 140.
“We have four new girls out there this year,” Russia coach Doug Borchers said. “We have to replace some good players, but we have two players back and we expect to have a good season. I thought we played well for the most part today.”
Piqua finished ninth with a 440 score
Cassidy Kraft led Piqua with a 97.
“If it hadn’t been for one hole, Cassidy (Kraft) would have had her lowest score,” Piqua coach Cathy Barhorst said. “We have eight girls in the program this year and they are all very competitive. This was good experience for them.”
Anna Klopfenstein had 110, Sarah Ganger 111, Kelsey Bachman 122, Korren Evans 128 and Skyler Sloan 138 for the Indians.
Covington took 13th with a 501 total.
Addison Metz and Kelsey McReynolds led Covington with 111s.
“Yesterday was the first day we have everybody together for a practice,” Covington coach Adam Sweigart said. “I think this was great for the kids to get out there and get this experience. There is only one directions to go. We can only go up from here.”
Other Lady Bucc scores were Sydney Blanton 136, Megan Alexander 143, Emily Thompson 148 and Noelle Gast 161.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.