Each year, the Brownstown Central and Seymour girls’ golf teams get a taste of the postseason in their opening week of competition.
The Braves and Owls both drove down U.S. 50 to compete in the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational on Friday at Otis Park Golf Course.
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The sectional will be held at the same location on Sept. 15.
BNL — fresh off posting a school record team score of 310 strokes on Wednesday at the Seymour Invitational — won the meet by shooting 318. Bloomington South was second at 382 and Seymour finished third with 393. Springs Valley (407), Southridge (455) and Brownstown Central (456) followed.
Orleans and North Harrison didn’t have enough players to record team scores in the event.
Taylor Norman took medalist honors by carding a two-over-par 75. BNL had the top three scores on the morning, as Olivia Sanders shot a 76 and Carly Stigall had an 81 for the Stars after Norman.
Bridget Marshall paced Seymour, placing seventh overall with an 87. Madeleine Wisler (100), Laken Waskom (101), Kara Rice (105) and Rylee Knutson (120) completed the Owls’ varsity five.
The Owls shot a 380 at their home invitational two days prior.
“I was hoping they would chip and putt a little better, but with the hills — plus the greens being undulated — it made a difference,” Owls assistant coach Brian Tidd said. “Several of them had three-putts because of the slops of the greens. I don’t think they were used to that.
“Having seen the course will hopefully make it a little easier (at sectional). Hopefully we will do a little better.”
While the team hasn’t gotten many practices in, Tidd said that this year’s group has worked hard in a short time span.
“The girls have been excellent,” Tidd, who is assisting the girls’ team for the first time this fall, said. “Their demeanor has been better than what it has been sometimes with the boys. They’re listening to what Jim (Hoffman) and I are telling them. They’ve been excellent to work with.”
Brownstown shot two strokes better at BNL than at Seymour’s tournament.
KaCee Collins led her team by carding a 108, Ashlyn Fox shot 110, Ashley Schroer scored 124, Alexis Satterthwaite totaled 114, and Payton Ault had 135.
“It’s a difficult course. It has a lot of hills compared to Shadowood,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said.”I know KaCee shot a few strokes worse, but for the most part all of the other girls improved. It’s nice having Ashley (Schroer) back playing. She had a 26-shot improvement compared to last year.”
Allman said that it was good for his two freshmen to play at Otis for the first time.
“It’s nice for them to see it,” he said. “Two of them have never seen the course before. Going around the holes, you try to help them understand the spots.”
In the first full week of practices and competition, Allman has seen small improvements by the team each day. Friday, he said he saw better play from the short range.
“All we worked on, for over two hours, was chipping and putting (on Thursday),” Allman said. “That is what we will need to continue to work on. Golf is a game played 100 yards and in. It’s being able to get up and down from there and learning on our mistakes.”