Lady Vikes host tourney
The Lady Vikes girls’ golf team hosted the Lakeview Invitational on Thursday with fellow local team Scotus Central Catholic High also competing in the event.
In all, there were 11 teams at the meet. Scotus placed fourth shooting a 424. Hannah Allen shot a 99 which was the best performance on the team during the meet. She finished in seventh place overall.
Despite placing fourth as a team, Shamrock head coach Tanya Niedbalski feels there was more out there for her group.
“I think we can play better,” she said. “On our own course we didn’t particularly play the best... We just didn’t have a good day. We shot the same as we did last year.”
Niedbaliski said that a big part of the teams struggles are mindset.
“We’re working on confidence issues, it’s between their ears” she said. “They’re playing the five inch game called mental golf.”
Lakeview finished in fifth, shooting a combined 427. Gracie Borer led the team with a 94 - good enough for fifth place at the meet.
Vikings’ head coach Angela Witt said she was happy how her team performed, and how they have improved.
“I think they all had some personal gains throughout the course today playing,” Witt said. “Team wise, we came in sixth. It’s a huge improvement from where we were last year. That’s what we keeping focusing on, making sure we get better every meet.”
Witt specifically mention Borer and Engel as two players that impressed her during the tournament.
“My two seniors, Grace and Oliva keep making improvements, gaining more confidence little by little,” Witt said. “Those two probably stood out because they place.”
Despite the rain this weekend, Witt said that the course was in pretty good condition, and gave credit to Quail run for getting the course in quality playing shape.
“I think the course was in fairly good shape, considering the amount of rain we’ve had the last four or five days,” Witt said. “Quail run always does a good job of making sure the course was in good condition, and ready to go. They’re great to work with.”
Lakeview’s Oliva Engel finished in sixth place, shooting a 96.
Scotus’ Makenzie Enderlin shot a 102, which was good enough to land her in eleventh place.
Lincoln Christian won the invitational shooting a 388, and Aurora’s Danica Badura ended in first place individually shooting a 73.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org