Havasu girls golf goes out with a bang
Lake Havasu senior Alexa Alba won medalist honors to led the girls golf team to its first victory of the season over Lee Williams and Kingman by shooting a six-over-par 42 in the Knights final match of the season at Lake Havasu Golf Club on Thursday.
The 42 from Alba was the seniors lowest score over nine-holes in her four-year career on the golf team.
“It was emotional and I was so excited,” Lake Havasu coach Jerome Kosters said about Alba’s win. “She deserved it and it couldn’t have come at a better time. She was the best player on the course (on Thursday) and it was her last match with us.”
Behind Alba was sophomore Jenica Delaney — who led the Knights in strokes this season. Delaney shot an 11-over-par 47 and was only two strokes behind her opponent, Lee Williams’ Paige Lucero.
Senior Tara Scribner was only a stroke behind Delaney with a 48. Scribner outshot her opponent, Lee Williams’ Brooke Landers by seven strokes.
Thursday marked the second consecutive match — and second time all season — in which Havasu had its top-three golfers shoot in the 40s.
Freshman Gia Jehle was nine strokes behind Lee Williams’ Paige Booth with a 55 but outshot Kingmans Mikayla Peterson by 21 strokes in the pairing.
Senior Kaitlyn Maloney rounded out the Knights scores with a 59 and was only six strokes behind her Lee Williams opponent, Bella Bruno.
As a team, the Knights shot a 192 to beat the Volunteers by four strokes. Kingman did not qualify because it did not have the minimum four golfers for a team score.
The win marked the first time in eight matches against Lee Williams this season that Havasu came out on top. It was also the cherry on top of a season for the Knights that did not start off well.
Havasu started the season shooting high scores and being blown out by teams. Right around the halfway mark, the Knights scores started to drop rapidly and continued to all the way to the end of the season.
The Knights turned from easily beatable to giving teams a run for their money competitive over the course of the season.
Havasu is losing four seniors to graduation. But if the players the Knights expect to return next season keep up with their game, Kosters doesn’t see why Havasu cannot stay competitive.
“It’s hard to replace an Alexa Alba with her leadership and charisma,” Kosters said. “Hopefully the eight who weren’t seniors will return next year. I know Jenica Delaney will return and that definitely be a positive going into next year. As well as Angel Wells, Gia Jehle, Jessie Diller and Alexus Nordgren.
“I’ve been saying it all year but it kind of was a rebuilding year for us. Looking forward to next year, we should do well if they continue to golf in the offseason.”