Lainey Jackson played the No. 1 position for the Seymour High School girls’ golf team this fall and led the Owls in scoring throughout the season.
The junior topped off her season by picking up her second straight most valuable player plaque during the team’s awards program at Shadowood Golf Course Tuesday night.
Her highlight for the season was earning medalist honors in the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional with a score of 84 at Otis Park.
“That’s pretty cool, being sectional champ,” head coach Jim Hoffman said. “That was huge.”
She earned honorable mention status in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, played at Shadowood, where she finished eighth individually and shot an 87.
She had the low averages on the team this fall with 42.9 for 9 holes and 89.7 for 18 holes.
Owen Marshall won the boys sectional in the spring, and Hoffman said having the boys’ and girls’ sectional champions in the same year “is a nice individual accomplishment.”
Liza Stuckwisch, another junior, was named most improved. Hoffman said that award is based on their improvement from last season to this season, and her improvement during the season.
She averaged 49 shots for 9 holes and 99 shots for 18 holes.
“It’s always nice to see them improve from start to finish,” Hoffman said. “She had some good 9-hole scores and some good 18-holes scores.”
Freshman Emily Windley received the Owl Award.
Hoffman said that award is based on sportsmanship. He said Windley was always friendly toward her opponents and always showed good sportsmanship.
He said she did a good job of improving from shooting double par at the start of the season to scoring 128 in the sectional at Otis Park.
Junior Phoebe Skidmore averaged 48.9 for 9 holes and 101 for 18, and freshman Katie Cottrill had averages of 51 and 105.
Jackson, Stuckwisch and Skidmore each received their third varsity medals. Hoffman said it was fun to watch those three grow over their careers and this year.
“We had a great time. Having only five girls we knew who was going to play. We kind of had our positions set, so we didn’t have to worry about any of that. They went around and did what they did. They worked hard, they had fun,” Hoffman said. “That’s the main thing, and we got better as the season went along, culminating with the 393 at regional, which was good for 13th place. That was above our expectations. It was a hard course that was playing the ball down and there was no double par.
“The girls did their best. As a coach that’s all you can ask for. They’re pushing each other and trying to get better, and enjoy each other. This has been a fun group.”
Scott Jackson was the assistant coach this season.
Hoffman encouraged the girls to play as much as they can in the spring and summer.