Braves golf celebrates season

Payton Ault had another excellent season for the Brownstown Central girls golf team.

She led the Braves in four of the five tournaments they played in, including the sectional, and she ended up with an average of 96.8 for 18 holes.

She helped the Braves place second in the sectional to advance to the regional.

Ault was the Braves’ medalist three times in two- and three-team meets and was second for the team in three other meets when she averaged 46 for nine holes.

She earned all-Mid-Southern Conference honors in helping the Braves place second in that tournament at Shadowood Golf Course.

“She exemplified what it meant to be a leader,” coach Brandon Allman said. “She has continued to improve every single season. I know she didn’t have the conclusion to the year that she would have liked, but she finished hole 18 (at regional) making her only par of the day and still had a smile on her face.”

Ault was named the Braves’ most valuable player at the team’s recent awards program. She received the mental attitude award twice earlier in her career at BCHS.

“She gives her best in the classroom and has dedicated herself to golf and improved immensely leading the team this season,” Allman said.

Hannah Hackman received the mental attitude award for the second straight year, and Gracie Reynolds was named the most improved player.

“(Hackman) had a positive attitude and is one of the most genuine people I know. No matter what life throws at her, she always seems to have a smile on her face,” Allman said. “It was no different this season, even though she took a larger leadership role with her younger teammates.

“Her only goal, it seems, is to please others and make them happy, and she always seems to do that. Her attitude also helped her golf game to improve.”

Hackman averaged 49 for nine holes and 106.6 for 18. She was all-conference this fall after being honorable mention earlier in her career.

Allman said he usually gives most improved to someone who played the year prior, but that changed this year.

“The girls were unanimous, and I couldn’t argue with them. (Reynolds) went from playing volleyball last year and never playing golf before to being our third score in the sectional (105) and regional,” he said. “Her 105 at Otis Park in sectional was her first time ever playing 18 holes. This girl has developed and shows a love for the game, and the sky is the limit for her.”

Lexie Satterthwaite and Emma Hughbanks also made all-conference, and Kelsey Ault was honorable mention.

The Braves were 12-2 in nine-hole matches and 17-11 in 18-hole matches, placed second in the MSC (407) and second in the sectional (404).