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Hawk girls take second at Sigourney, fight tough HLV course (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 27, 2017, 7:27 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 7:28 PM ]

In their first away meet, the Lynnville-Sully girls golf team placed second at Sigourney on Tuesday, Apr. 18. The Hawks beat Montezuma but lost to the Savages.

“We played really well. It was exciting to have Tessa go to a playoff. She put in the lowest score of her career. As a team, we did a good job adjusting to the small greens,” said L-S Coach Justin Hagedorn.

The Hawks totalled 229 strokes, just six strokes back from Sigourney’s 223. They beat Montezuma’s score of 247 by a comfortable margin of 18 shots.

Senior Kaylee Van Maanen chips up the ball on the difficult HLV course, where she carded a 54.

Sophomore Tessa Van Maanen again had the lowest score for the Hawks with her career best of 50. She played a playoff hole for the first-place medal but came up short.

“It was difficult to play our first meet away from home. We had some difficulty with the greens because they were a lot different than the ones at Diamond Trail,” she said.

Senior Kaylee Van Maanen scored second best on the team with a 58. Her round was good enough to place her at tied for fifth in the meet. Senior Kristine Jaennette placed eighth in the meet with her round of 59. Senior Mikayla Smith shot a 62 for ninth. Sophomore Kayla Van Dyke was the Hawks’ No. 5 golfer with a round of 67.

“I had fun golfing with a good group of girls. The nice weather gave us good scoring conditions,” said Jaennette.

HLV

The girls were off for almost an entire week, returning to action at HLV on Monday, Apr. 24. They golfed with one other team, which was HLV, and won by default since HLV only has a girls golf team of three, and a team consists of 4-6 golfers. The Hawks were able to use the meet to practice and better themselves. L-S had a team total of 229 strokes. K. Van Maanen took home the second-place individual medal.

“I don’t think the course was ideal in terms of condition. They had super slow greens, and they had a mole infestation. Kaylee and Kristine had a really good round. We just need to keep working on getting better and improving, and hopefully we’ll be able to get past regionals,” Hagedorn said.

L-S only brought four girls instead of the usual five, since Van Dyke was home sick. K. Van Maanen had the lowest score on the L-S team with a 54. Next was T. Van Maanen with a 55, Jaennette with a 58, and Smith with a 62.

The course was full of hills and surprises. One of the hills on the course has the nickname “Cardiac Hill.” The greens were very slow; some had very little grass and were basically just sand. After golfers got done with hole three, they had to walk back up a very big, very steep hill to tee off for hole four. In hole nine’s green, there was a hole for a sprinkler, which was inconvenient.

“I felt the course was very unorganized, and hard to walk, but I had a good group and was able to have fun just talking while walking up and down many hills,” said Smith.

L-S will be at home on Thursday and at Montezuma on Monday.

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