Seymour sees improvement despite loss to New Albany


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Coach Jim Hoffman saw improvement in several areas from his Seymour girls golf team during Monday’s 178-199 loss to New Albany at Shadowood Golf Course.

“I saw a little improvement,” he said. “We played a little tired today, and I don’t know what that was.”

The match was played on the front nine. Lainey Jackson topped the Owls with 47, Katie Cottrill carded 50, Phoebe Skidmore and Liza Stuckwisch scored 51s and Emily Windley shot 70 in her Owls debut.

New Albany’s Kennedy Lee was medalist with 42.

“We’re under 200. That puts us under 400 if we double,” Hoffman said. “Our goal is to keep working ourselves down. If we keep going down, I’m not going to be unhappy.”

In Seymour’s first two invitationals last week, the Owls were over 400.

“We’ve got a couple, when they reach their potential, we’re going to be a 370, 380 team that we need to be for sectional,” Hoffman said. “That’s what we’re playing for. We’re playing for the sectional and regional. I’m still confident that we’re going to get to that number. We’re just going to keep working harder on the fundamental stuff.”

Cottrill, who is a freshman, keeps seeing improvement as her high school matches go on.

“My round was better than my second nine (in the Seymour Invitational), so I think that’s pretty good for some of the shots I hit,” she said. “I think my chipping and putting were pretty good. My driving was not good today as far as distance. I need to work on that. I think I’m making progress.”

Cottrill is one of two freshmen on the team. The second is Windley, who didn’t play in either of the invitationals last week but got her first taste of action Monday.

Hoffman was pleased with how she performed.

“I was real happy with Emily Windley for the first time she ever played nine holes of golf,” he said. “She made a triple bogey (8) on No. 5, which she hit five or six great shots. Nerves came into play.”

Seymour started out the match a little shaky, but toward the end, the Owls got it together.

“I did see some girls make some great ups and downs on some holes,” Hoffman said. “We made some clutch shots. We got off to a kind of a rocky start and brought it back together.”

Stuckwisch, who was the team’s leader at the Seymour Invitational, continued her steady play, too.

Putting was what doomed Seymour at the Bloomington South Invitational to open the season, and it continues to be a focal point for the Owls.

“Liza is starting to play well,” Hoffman said. “If we get some putting woes worked out with a couple girls, I think we’ll be just fine.”

The Owls will practice the rest of the week as they don’t play again until Monday when they host Columbus East.

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