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Prep golf: Worthington in tight match with JCC

JACKSON -- In golf, every stroke counts. That was definitely true in Friday's dual between the Worthington and Jackson County Central golf teams. On the boys side, JCC won by just four strokes, while the WHS girls were victorious by a single stroke.

JACKSON -- In golf, every stroke counts.

That was definitely true in Friday’s dual between the Worthington and Jackson County Central golf teams.

On the boys side, JCC won by just four strokes, while the WHS girls were victorious by a single stroke.

“That’s why in golf, every stroke counts,” WHS coach Paul Barduson said. “We always tell the kids that, even if you get upset on the course, you have to make the next stroke count. That was a good lesson today, especially for the girls. For the boys, I think the big difference was they knew how to play their own course and we just didn’t.”  

The JCC boys had a 175, while the Trojans finished with 179 strokes. On the girls side, WHS had a 215, while the Huskies carded a 216.

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Scott Flatebo was the boys medalist for the Huskies with a 39. Carter Olson had a 44, while Alec Kocak and Sutton Flatgard each carded a 46.

For the Trojans, Ben Koepsell had a 42, while Jacob Prunty finished with a 44. Nick Weg carded a 46 and Lucas Boever fired a 47.

“They were frustrated, but I kept telling them, ‘the next hole you have to fight back and get pars,’” Barduson said. “Both sides were pretty neck and neck and anybody who could grind out a few pars to close out the nine holes was going to come out with a victory. And it looks like they did that just a little bit better than we did.”

On the girls side, Anneke Weg had a 47 to lead the Trojans, while Maggie Putnam had a 54. Bailey Weg carded a 56 and Claire Ludes fired a 58.

“Anneke kind of went back to the fade shot she was doing last year and was having a lot of success,” Barduson said. “She felt a lot more comfortable and her ball striking was really good.”

JCC’s Molly Brinkman earned medalist honors with a 45, while Regan Farmer and Megan Gallagher each had a 56. Grace Benson rounded out the scoring with a 59.

Both the WHS girls and boys are at Fairmont today.    

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