The coaching debut for Shanda Hall and her Schuyler Central High School girls golf team was a positive and victorious one. The Lady Warriors hosted the Lady Patriots on Aug. 26 at the Schuyler Golf Club and romped to an impressive 276-403 victory.
“Clarkson-Leigh came down for what turned out to be a beautiful day,” commented Coach Hall. “After a thunderstorm in the morning, I was a little scared that we wouldn’t be able to play today but the sun came out and we had a light breeze that helped to dry things off.”
All four of Schuyler’s varsity golfers carded scores of better than 80 strokes led by senior Ivana Lopez’s nine-hole total of 60. Junior Carly Johnson followed with a 64. Sophomores Esmerelda Sacarias and Janel Lopez rounded out the varsity scores with rounds of 73 and 79 respectively.
Ashlynn Cropp paced Clarkson-Leigh with a solid round of 76. She was followed by Mady Janousek who shot a 97, Cortlynn Cadwallader with a 112 and Ashly Gullen with a 132.
In junior varsity action, Natalia Ruiz fired an 81 for the Lady Warriors followed by Kalany Arevalo with a 70, Jazmine Martinez with a 98, Evelin Pena with a 111 and Marianna Castillo with a 125.
Hall was fired up about how her team fared in their initial outing of the season.
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“This was the first competition ever for four of our team members and Clarkson-Leigh is restarting their program after a three-year hiatus," she said.
Though there's a long way to go, Hall was encouraged by Schuyler's performance top to bottom. Regular varsity starters began to identify themselves.
“I was excited to see how we would fare, and while there is still a lot of work to do, we showed some serious poise. I am pleased with the day as a whole. The ladies have been competing in practice for varsity spots and today’s match will figure in determining who will compete at meets in the future," she said. "We have three ladies whose averages are within one stroke of each other, so no position is safe. This has helped to elevate our level of play in practice.”
The Lady Warriors have a dual scheduled for Sept. 10 against Shelby-Rising City at the golf course in Osceola. The dual is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.