Newton girls tune up for regionals
The Newton girls golf team hosted Oskaloosa and Grinnell at Westwood Municipal Golf Course on Monday in what amounted to a tuneup for its regional match next Monday. The host Cardinals finished second with a 194, 14 strokes back of Grinnell’s 180. The Tigers finished the season undefeated in the Little Hawkeye Conferene.
For the Cardinals, Madigan Hillyard, Madeline Wellik and freshman Jessica Reynolds each shot 48 on the day to tie for the team low. Senior Bailey Kellogg and Carrie Cunningham both shot a 50, and Shelby Cochran ended up with a 51.
It was a nice day for golf, and a good opportunity for the Cardinals to get another look at what they have to contend with at regionals. The Tigers have been the best team in the conference all season, and even though they won by 14 strokes, Newton coach Scott Enyart pointed out the scores are closer than one might think.
“All the girls played pretty solid for six or seven out of the nine holes,” Enyart said. “Then each had a hole, or two, or three that just snuck up and bit them. It was different holes for different players. And if we’re able to tighten that up and clean up some of the mistakes, then we can compete with them. We have six girls who can perform on any day and the gap is small because really, that’s only a couple of shots per girl we need to make up.”
The Cardinals certainly hold an advantage with regionals taking place at their home course, and they boast favorable records against some of the other teams that will make the trip to Newton on Monday.
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