Cougars fall to Lancers at Shadowood

While members of the Trinity Lutheran girls golf team weren’t overly pleased with their scores Wednesday night against Edinburgh, coach Greg Personett said he thought his Cougars played well at Shadowood.

The Lancers took the dual meet by carding a team score of 216 while the Cougars amassed 228 strokes.

Emma Westerfeld finished as medalist for the Lancers with a 51.

Macy Taylor and Demi Oakes led the Cougars with 54s, and Morgan Gabbard recorded a personal-best 55 for nine holes.

Gabbard made par on holes No. 11 and 12, and Taylor parred hole No. 10.

Cougars senior Jessica Fleener rounded-out the Cougars’ scoring with a 65.

“I think they’re disappointed with their scores, but they played pretty well as far as I’m concerned,” Personett said. “Morgan shot a personal best. Demi and Macy shot about three strokes over their average, but I think they played well. We’re just having trouble putting together all facets of the game. They’re striking the ball well but having trouble chipping and putting.”

Gabbard, in her first season with the Cougars, hit the long ball well on the day.

“Morgan struck the ball exceptionally well today,” Personett said. “Even her misses were pretty good shots. She hit a drive close to 200 yards on hole No. 16 tonight. She actually putted pretty decent too. She’s putting things together. She’s an athlete, and it’s starting to show.”

With sectional just more than a week away, at Otis Park in Bedford, Personett wants to see his team drop scores in the matches leading up to the postseason.

“I think that if we can get close to 400 (on 18 holes) that would be a pretty good score for the ladies,” Personett said. “We have to work pretty hard, and they know what they have to do to get to that point. It makes it a little tougher with only four players, but if we can get it between 400 and 410 I think that’s respectable.

“I think the girls can pull that off if we eliminate mental mistakes. Sometimes we have a tough time forgetting the hole we just finished. You can’t play golf with a rear-view mirror. You have to be focused with what’s in front of you, and we will focus on that.”

On Friday, the Cougars will host Southwestern.