“Peaking at the right time”: Owls shoot season-low, place 3rd at HHC


Seymour’s girls golf team is putting its best rounds together right before the start of the postseason.

The Owls shot a season-low 350 combined strokes to finish third of eight teams in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.

Bedford North Lawrence won with 319 strokes, and Floyd Central finished runner-up at 338. Columbus East (387), Jennings County (391), Madison (396), Jeffersonville (444) and New Albany (450) completed the field.

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Junior Bridget Marshall had a career day for the Owls, shooting 33 (-3) strokes on the front nine holes and a 42 (+5) on the back.

Marshall’s 75 (+2) tied for second place overall of 40 total golfers with BNL’s Taylor Norman. The Stars’ No. 2 golfer, Carly Stigall, won the tournament with a 74.

“When I first got here, I thought the greens were really slow. It turned out they weren’t,” Marshall said. “My putting was on point. On the front, I only had 12 putts, which helped me lower my score.”

Marshall’s 33 on the front also was a personal best for nine holes. She had three birdies on the front and one on the back.

“It shows me that all my hard work is paying off,” Marshall said.

Seymour’s Laken Waskom earned All-HHC honorable mention status, just missing her career-best by one stroke by shooting an 84 for seventh place.

Kara Rice broke 100 for the first time ever by carding a 97, while Madeliene Wisler (94) and Rylee Knutson (136) completed the Owls’ scorecard.

“They played phenomenal,” Seymour coach Jim Hoffman said. “The girls are really improving every day. We knew where we wanted to be. My goal was to get top two, and we were really close. We’ve cut a lot of strokes off from the beginning of the year. They’re having a lot of fun, and that’s what it is all about.”

Seymour hopes to take its momentum into Saturday’s sectional at Bedford’s Otis Park.

“We are peaking at the right time,” Hoffman said. “It is just exciting for us. They have fought through adversity and never get down on themselves. That has been a real key. If they have a bad hole, they just rebound. It has been a lot of fun watching them get better. I think it is going to pay off in the long run.”

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