Girls golf continues to have good season
By John Estridge, Sports Editor
Franklin County girls golf continues to have a very good early season.
After winning the Richmond Invitational to begin the season, the Lady Wildcats scored two, second-place finishes in Invitationals before losing at Richmond to the very good host Lady Red Devils Monday night.
One day after defeating the Red Devils by one stroke and taking the Richmond Invitational, FC went to Union County to take on the Red Devils as well as several other teams again.
This time the results were not as good as Monday’s even though the Wildcats improved their overall team score by one stroke from 359 to a 358.
FC placed second at the Union County Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Richmond won the invitational with a 347 team score while the Wildcats were 11 strokes back with a 358 team score.
Senior Maggie Brack and junior Gracie Graf each scored an 85 to lead the team. It was also a tie for fifth place overall. However, Brack took fifth due to tiebreaker rules.
“My team was able to put together another solid round and improve from the day before,” FC coach Marissa Mears said. “Anytime there's improvement, no matter how small, a coach will always be happy. We will continue to work hard on the ‘small stuff’ at practice and hopefully make even bigger improvements in our next tournament.”
Other teams and their team scores in the invitational were: 3. Batesville, 410; 4. Daleville, 413; 5. Connersville, 430; 6. Delta, 439; 7. East Central, 441; 8. Northeastern, 442; and Union County did not have a team score due to too few golfers on the team.
Individual scores were: 1. Emma Weiler, Batesville, 79; 2. Brianna Fisher, Richmond, 80; 3. Ashlyn Spurrier, Richmond, 84; 4. Ester Etherington, Richmond, 85; 5. Maggie Brack, Franklin County, 85; and 6. Gracie Graf, Franklin County, 85.
FC scores were: Maggie Brack 43-42=85, Gracie Graf 41-44=85, Camryn Brewer 47-39=86, Taylor McCreary 49-53=102, Ashlan Hill 54-53=107.
Franklin County got second place at the prestigious Greensburg Invitational Saturday, August 10.
Greenfield Central edged the Wildcats by four strokes, 360-364.
Junior Gracie Graf was the low golfer on the day for the Wildcats with an 88. Also, impressing her coach and her teammates was senior Ashlan Hill. She set a personal record by recording a 95.
Mears was happy with the effort.
"Despite some of our players struggling most of the day, everyone was able to post a respectable score,” Mears said. “I honestly thought we posted a low enough team score to bring home a win. That's the way golf goes sometimes. We will keep working to improve our short games and hopefully get in a position to win another invite. I'm very happy with the way the team is performing this early in the season.”
Team scores include: 1. Greenfield Central 360, 2. Franklin County 364, 3. Columbus East 378, 4. Hagerstown A. 398, 5. Indian Creek 398, 6. Greensburg 401, 7. Batesville 404, 8. Triton Central 408, 9. East Central 427, 10. Shelbyville 429, 11. Mooresville 431, 12. Jennings County 440, 13. North Decatur 444, 14. Franklin Central 448.
Individual scores include: 1. Caroline Gibson, Franklin Centeral, 72; 2. Emma Weiler, Batesville, 73; 3. Sidney Parmer, North Decatur, 77; 4. Kennedy McCullough, Greensburg, 80; 5. Hannah Emenhiser, Indian Creek, 80.
Richmond is going to host the golf sectional in about a month.
Franklin County has now played the Red Devils three times in a week. FC won the first meeting by a stroke. Richmond won the second meeting by 11. And then came the third confrontation, a dual meet at Richmond Monday, Aug. 12. This time the Red Devils won by eight strokes, 168-176.
Graf again led her teammates with a 39. Brack and McCreary tied for second with 44s. It was a personal best for McCreary. Brewer was next at 51 and Hill trailed her by one stroke at 52. Kelsey Brackney contributed a 63.
FC plays again on Thursday, Aug. 15 at New Castle.