After dropping 26 strokes in a three-day span, Seymour coach Lakin Covey said her Seymour girl’s golf team is definitely headed in the right direction.
The Owls shot 377 to place third in the Seymour Invitational on Wednesday at Shadowood Golf Course after shooting 403 on Monday at the Bloomington South Invitational.
Bedford North Lawrence won the tournament with 346, with North Harrison second at 370.
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Taylor Norman sparked the Stars with a 1-over-par 73, while Hallie Hinton was low for the Cougars with 83.
Brownstown Central placed fifth with 406.
Covey said the improvement came in the short game.
“(Tuesday) we did chipping and putting, and played the sand traps pretty hard,” she said. “The sand traps really hurt us a Bloomington.”
This time around, the Owls were more familiar with the course.
“I think not only this being our home course, but practicing our short game, helped the girls a lot,” Covey said. “I keep telling them that the short game can save them a lot of shots, so I think this kind of made the girls realize that by just working on it for one day that they were able to make up the shots somewhere else.”
Sophomore Bridget Marshall was low for the Owls with 89, which placed her sixth individually.
“I think she improved overall on the greens,” Covey said. “I was definitely glad to see her under 90. She definitely has the potential to do it.”
Marshall said she dropped her score nine strokes from Monday’s match.
Next for the Owls was Andrea Axsom (93). Laken Waskom carded a 94 and Maddie Wisler shot 101 for Seymour.
Covey said she was happy to have three girls break 100.
“That’s very good improvement, even for our second match this year,” Covey said.
Regan Campbell was low for Brownstown with 94, followed by Emma Zabor (95), and Shelby Stuckwisch (99).
“I was definitely hoping to break 400 today,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said.
He said Campbell’s round was a career-low.
“When I was around her she was hitting the ball well, hitting a lot of shots solid, and not getting herself in any big trouble,” Allman said. “She didn’t have too many big numbers. She was just keeping the ball in play and finding a way to get it in the hole.”
The Owls and the Stars will practice today for the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational at Otis Park on Friday.
“I’m hoping everyone can consistently shoot below 100,” Covey said. “That’s my goal.”
She also said she was glad to see all 15 members of the team play 18 holes at Shadowood.
“We have a couple girls that have never played 18 holes before,” Covey said. “This was their first 18-hole round. I was glad to be able to do it at our invitational. That way they can go out and get the experience since they’re not going to have many opportunities this year.”
One player from Brownstown and one from Bedford North Lawrence were disqualified for playing balls that they hit out-of-bounds.
The Brownstown player was a freshman, and Allman said, “We’re doing rules (today). She’ll learn from that.”
Allman is confident the team will improve moving forward.
“We’ll get a lot of practice time in and hopefully by the time the conference and sectional rolls around at the end of the year we’ll improve in a lot of areas, especially in our short game,” Allman said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time in our short game this year. I’m going to do a little bit different strategy this year than I have in years past.”
The Braves have matches Monday and Tuesday.