WHS BOYS' AND GIRLS' GOLF: Worthington golf teams each win season openerWORTHINGTON – The Worthington golf teams came out victorious in their first matches of the 2012 season.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington golf teams came out victorious in their first matches of the 2012 season.
The boys’ golf team defeated Fulda and Mountain Lake Christian, while the girls’ golf team defeated Fulda Thursday afternoon at the Worthington Country Club.
In the boy’s match, Worthington finished with a 162, Fulda came in second with a 174 and Mountain Lake Christian finished third with a 204.
In the girls’ match, Worthington won with a 189 and Fulda finished with a 203.
“On the boys’ side, this was the lowest team score in recent history,” WHS coach Ron Wood said. “Given the weather conditions, this was an impressive first outing for the girls and boys.”
Worthington’s Seth Meier and Fulda’s Mitch Baumhofner were the low medalists, each shooting a 39.
For the Trojans, Meier shot a 39, Jake Woll shot a 40, Alex Kremer and Zach Heidebrink shot 42s, Will Mulder shot a 46 and Jacob Weg shot a 47 on a par-35 course.
For the Raiders, Baumhofner shot a 39, Mic Holinka shot a 44, Cole Dierks shot a 45, Aaron Tieslen shot a 46, Todd Peterson shot a 47 and Austin Clarke shot a 54.
And for Mountain Lake Christian, Aaron Walzak shot a 40, Tyler Dick and David Lohrenz shot 53s and Ben Robbe shot a 58.
The Trojans are now 2-0 on the season.
“I thought I did really well,” Meier said. “I started off the day with a birdie on the first hole, so that was good. I had a couple of holes that hurt me, like No. 1 where I had a 3-put. Overall, my driving and my short game were the best. My goal was to finish under 40 and I did that, so that’s good.”
Worthington’s Kate Lesnar was the low medalist for the girls, shooting a 38 – the best score for either boys or girls on the day.
The score was also Lesnar’s lowest high school round, so it was a great start to the season for the returning state tournament qualifier.
For Worthington, Lesnar shot a 38, Morgan Harberts shot a 46, Mariah Haffield shot a 52, McKenzie Hurley shot a 53, Genna Putnam shot a 59 and Tyree Murray shot a 60 on a par-35 course.
For Fulda, Madeline Westra shot a 48, Sarah Strange shot a 49, Brittany Leinen and Caitlin Strange shot 53s, Katie Reynolds shot a 54 and Tessa Kramer shot a 55.
The Worthington girls’ team is now 1-0 on the season.
“The started kind of rough for me, it was a little tough,” Lesnar said. “But I relaxed and ended up playing really well. If I had a bad shot, I did a good job of recovering and putting it behind me. I also had a lot of good chips that saved my score.
“It’s nice to start out with a good score and come out strong the first time of the year. I think everything went really well.”
The Worthington boys’ and girls’ teams travel to Marshall on Saturday to participate in the Marshall tournament.
The Fulda boys’ and girls’ teams play again today against Round Lake-Brewster, while Mountain Lake Christian boys’ team takes on Fulda again on April 23.
The Worthington squads are pleased with how their seasons started off and are looking forward to seeing if their success can carry throughout the remainder of the year.
“I think both the boys’ and girls’ teams are going to have really good seasons,” Lesnar said. “I’m excited to see what we’re all able to accomplish this year.”
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