Girls Golf Finishes Second At Grant 4

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Fall Sports, Girl's Golf

When an opposing coach marvels at your score, there has to be a sense of real accomplishment, and Madison-Grant achieved that level of respect Saturday afternoon.
“A 372 … wow! That’s a good score for this course,” Eastbrook coach Adlai Deisler marveled after seeing the Argylls team total for the Grant Four Invitational at Walnut Creek Golf Course.
The Argylls, led by medalist Gabby Rahrar, finished 30 strokes ahead of runner-up Oak Hill (402), followed by Eastbrook (438) and defending champion Mississinewa (469). Rahrar shot an 84 and finished six shots ahead of the Panthers’ Jenna Boucher for top individual honors.
“They are winding the season down and I’m happy, but I’m happy because they are happy,” Argylls coach Pam Richards said. “Every course is different and every tournament is different and every match is different and you just tell them to go out there and play their best – that’s all you can do.”
Madison-Grant was finally able to add a Grant Four championship to the back-to-back Central Indiana Conference titles, and now the Argylls hope for another breakthough at Saturday’s sectional meet at Norwood Golf Course, Huntington. The Argylls’ score equaled the winning total by Manchester in last year’s meet, and within range of finishing among the top three teams and advance to the regional round.
“I don’t want to go (to regional) alone again,” said Rahrar, who qualified as an individual last year. “I hope we can win it, and I think we can do it if we all work together as a team we can make it happen.”
Richards said the seniors occupying the No. 1 through 3 positions – Rahrer, Kristen Cleaver and Danyelle Hutson – are responsible for the success the Argylls have enjoyed this season. Hutson shot 94 and was the third medalist, having won a tiebreaker with Oak Hill’s Brooke Law on the backup system, and Cleaver was among the seven golfers to break 100 with a 99.
Kasey Cleaver, Kristen’s younger sister, shot a 95 to round out the Argylls scoring and was fifth overall.
“All of my seniors have been good and I’ve seen all of them improve,” Richards said. “I’ve seen their emotions go up and down. I’ve seen their games go up and down, but all in all, they’ve kept within a window of winning and that’s what you want.”
Rahrar made one birdie in her round, a beautiful chip-in on No. 4 while hitting out of a grass bunker. The senior can add the Grant Four to her 2016 Central Indiana Conference medalist honors and a runner-up finish in the Madison County tournament (83).
“I think I should have shot better,” Rahrar said. “My putting was off, but I hit the ball pretty well. I have put in a lot of work, but I need to do more.”
Law only picked up golf last year and continues to make progress. Saturday, the senior out-shot Golden Eagles No. 1 golfer Hope Mygrant, who finished with a 99.
“That doesn’t surprise me a bit,” Eagles coach Mike Tibbets said of Law. “She’s been working hard on her game and she’s coming along. She’s going to continue to do nothing but improve.”
Oak Hill also counted Morgan Nelson with a 100 and Holly Gillespie with a 109 and threw out Bayli Toy’s 124. The Eagles recently set a school record for low nine-hole round score and Tibbets is happy with the progress.
“We didn’t score as well today as we did at Yule in the CIC, but relative to everybody else we did OK,” Tibbets said. “This is a tougher course and a little more local knowledge and we did well and I’m proud of them.”
Deisler said Boucher was disappointed with her score and the rest of the team had sought a different outcome, but he’s satisfied with the team’s progress heading into the sectional.
“Jenna will tell you a 90 is not what she wanted, but I’ve told her all year that if 90 is what you’re going to shoot when you play bad, you’re going to have some good days,” Deisler said. “The girls will tell you they didn’t do great, but I’m super proud of them based on where we were last year and what we’ve done this year.
“There’s been an ebb and flow to this season, and now I hope we can put in a good week of practice and ride high into the sectional.”
Eastbrook also had Haylee Bright with a 111, Maggie McLaughlin with a 118 and Allyssa McKinney with a 119.
Maggie LeBarr led Mississinewa with a 101 and the Indians also counted Lily Davis with a 107, Abigail Tignor 129 and Peighten Allen 132.

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