Owls fall to Columbus East

Columbus East’s girls golf team looked at home on the road, defeating Seymour by 56 strokes Monday at Shadowood Golf Course.

The Olympians bested the Owls 175-231 in the dual match, led by Rebecca Smith’s medalist score of 39.

Smith birdied hole No. 2 and finished with five pars.

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In the No. 3 spot, Megan Hashimoto shot a 42 with five pars, while Nicole Bodi added a 44 for the Olympians. The Olympians’ Autumn Fately scored 50, Lily Shelp carded a 51 and Sarah Krebs finished with 57 strokes.

Overall, East coach Troy Buntin said he was pleased with the team’s effort.

“Rebecca has pretty much been a model of consistency so far this season,” Buntin said. “Nicole shot a 44, and she’s really close to getting a little lower than that, and Megan might have shot a best-ever. Megan was right where I hoped she would be. Lily and Autumn are sophomores, and they’ve only had a handful of competitive matches; they’re really close to getting into the 40s.”

Buntin said the goal is to get all his girls under 50 as the season progresses, but most importantly he wants to see improvement in each match.

“Confidence is all it really is,” he said. “We need to get out some of the pre-round nerves that causes errant shots towards the beginning. It’s being confident and trusting the swing. This game is so mental, if you have any doubts it can lead to some trouble. When you look, hole-by-hole, what they did wrong, it’s a couple of mental mistakes along the way. You get rid of those, and we’ll be on our way.”

Junior Hannah Thompson led the Owls with a 48, and Andrea Axsom came-in next at 54.

Bailey Goben had the third-best score for the Owls at 57, Kara Rice shot a 72, Jenna Ebler had 82 and Emily Hume notched 85.

The Owls finished with four total pars amongst their six players.

“Our scores are up from last time out, we shot better at New Albany than we did here at home,” Owls coach RaeAnn Wintin said. “I was hoping we would do better at home, but you can’t always do that. We had a tough tournament over the weekend (at Champions Pointe) and played well, I think this might be the letdown after a good outing.”

Today, the Owls will host Hoosier Hills Conference rivals Jennings County and Bedford North Lawrence.

Wintin said she hopes to see her girls drop scores after a tough match against the Olympians.

“We had a few girls that had to work on their drives, others who need to work on putting,” she said. “We were kind of across the board. (Today) I would like to see a couple girls in the 40s. I just want to see improvement from today.”