After shooting a 93 on Monday to open the season, Seymour senior Lainey Jackson played 18 holes at Shadowood Golf Course on Tuesday to gear up for the Owls’ own invitational on Wednesday.
When Jackson teed off on Wednesday morning, she felt like she was in a groove through all 18 holes. When it was all said and done, Jackson had the top score of the day, earning the first-place medal with a personal-best round of 76.
“It felt good,” Jackson said. “I’ve been working hard for it, and after Monday, I just really needed a good score. It feels good for it all to come together finally.”
As a team, the Owls improved by 30 strokes from Monday to Wednesday. The Owls shot a 418 at Shadowood to place fourth overall. New Albany won the invitational with a 360, followed by Columbus East 378, Jennings County 411, Seymour 418, Madison 426, Brownstown Central 468 and Scottsburg 486.
Following Jackson for Seymour were Katie Cottrill with a 50-50-100, Liza Stuckwisch at 54-52-106 and Lily Combs-Smith 64-72-136. Cottrill improved by nine strokes and Stuckwisch by one.
“I feel like once we start playing and practicing more, because we’ve only had three practices, once we keep working more, I think we can be a good team,” Jackson said.
Jackson thought her best club on Wednesday was her driver.
“I hit every fairway that I used the driver on, and that really helps,” she said.
Jackson shot a 36 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine. She also improved her putting, which was something she wanted to clean up from Monday.
“My putting Monday was definitely really bad. I just wanted to pick that up today, and I had a lot of one-putts, which really helped my score,” she said. “I knew I was playing good. I thought I was going to be barely in the 70s, so to have that four-stroke difference, it feels good.”
As for Brownstown, this was the Braves’ first time out on the course this fall.
They were led by Gracie Reynolds, who shot a 51-54-105.
“It’s pretty normal, average score to what I got from last year,” Reynolds said. “It was OK. There were some shots I could’ve done better on, but for the most part, it was fine.”
Reynolds said her best club was her 7 iron, and she wants to work on her chipping going forward.
After Reynolds was Emma Hughbanks, who shot a 54-57-111. Abby Schroer shot a 63-60-123, Megan VonDielingen 61-68-129 and Jayda Clodfelder 64-72-136.
“We all know each other really well, so it’s nice to have a group of friends that can play,” Reynolds said.
Trinity Lutheran’s Allie Schocke is the lone Cougar out on the links this season. She played Wednesday and shot a 66-61-127.
Both Seymour and Brownstown will next be in action on Monday. The Owls will be playing at New Albany at 4:30 p.m., and the Braves will be home against Mitchell on 4:45 p.m. at Hickory Hills Golf Club.