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Senior golfer drops 40 strokes in opener (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:10 PM by Shane Ehresman   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 7:10 PM ]

The L-S girls golf team came away from Thursday night’s meet with a lot of success on the course. Despite the fact the team only had three golfers due to illness, they played far and away better than they did last year.

The girls faced off against Pella on their home course at Lynnville’s Diamond Trail Golf Course. Since L-S couldn’t field a full team, it was the individual scores that really mattered. Senior Kaylee Van Maanen shot a 52, sophomore Tessa Van Maanen finished with a 54, and sophomore Kayla Van Dyke took 74 strokes to end her round.

Although no L-S golfers were able to beat anyone on Pella’s varsity, it was the Hawks’ improvements that were the key. There was no bigger success story than senior golfer K. Van Maanen, who managed to drop 40 strokes from her best performance last year on the home course.

“I feel that I have gotten my swing down, and that has helped me to get my best score yet,” she said. “I just hope that I can keep improving and keep dropping my scores.”

This has reinforced the high expectations head coach Justin Hagedorn has since all the girls have dropped their scores from last year.

“This is a promising start due to the fact that we are dropping strokes from the end of last year, and that puts us way ahead for this year,” said Hagedorn.

The next meet for L-S golf was a boys-only invitational at Monroe on Tuesday, Apr. 4. Results will be in the paper next week. The meet was the boys’ season opener since the co-ed meet at Montezuma was postponed on Monday, Apr. 3.

Both the girls and boys golf teams will host BGM and English Valleys this Thursday, Apr. 6, in Lynnville. Another home meet is set for Monday, Apr. 10.

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