Havasu girls golf improving scores but fall to Lee Williams
The Lake Havasu girls golf team is gradually improving to where it wants to be as the season moves on. While their team score of 220 might not have shown it, as the Knights lost to Lee Williams’ 186 at Lake Havasu Golf Club on Tuesday, their individual score sure are.
“The scores are coming down,” Lake Havasu coach Jerome Kosters said. “Normally, we’re in the 60s and 70s. (On Tuesday) we had a 50, 52, 63, 55 and 71 so the girls scores are definitely coming down. We’re starting to look a lot better.”
Freshman Gia Jehle made the biggest improvement on Tuesday. Jehle shot season-best 19-over-par 55 to shave 15-strokes off of her score of 70 in Havasu’s latch match in Kingman last Tuesday.
Sophomore Jenica Delaney again posted the Knights lowest score in the No. 1 golfers spot.
According to Kosters, while Delaney probably was not exactly happy with her score, she is bumping out the higher scores from earlier in the season with hopes of qualifying individually for the state tournament.
“This was her seventh round out of 12 so the next round if she shoots lower will bump the high scores out of there,” Kosters said. “I know in our section, she ranked 12th but in the state she is ranked in the 30s.
“What will happen though, is that players that make state as in a team will be pulled out of the individual cut. So there is a pretty good chance she will be able to make it to state.”
Senior Alexa Alba has also managed to bring her scores down from where they were at the start of the season. On Tuesday the No. 2 golfer shot a 52 to tie Lee Williams’ Kaylee Moore.
Kosters said Alba started the season shooting in the 60s and her consistently shooting in the 50s the past couple of weeks is bring her score down drastically.
While the Knights were happy to be on their home course after two weeks of road matches, the heat did not help their game.
“It’s always nice to be home but I think the heat affects the game for some of the girls,” Kosters said. “It’s tough because when we practice we are out there for about an hour in the heat. But when we golf a match sometimes we are out there for two or three hours. So the heat may have something to do with it.”
Havasu will have to endure the heat some more as it travels to Glendale today for the Eagle Invite at 12:30 p.m. hosted by Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor. The Knights will be one of ten teams competing in the 18-hole tournament. This will also be Havasu first 18-hole tournament of the season.