COLUMBIA CITY — With wind gusts strong enough to roll a golf ball across the greens at the Links of Eagle Glen, the Columbia City Lady Eagle golf team squared off against county rival Whitko and the Manchester Lady Squires.
On the cold, wet afternoon scores ballooned for everyone but the Eagles still managed a split falling by a narrow 206-208 score to Manchester, while taking a 208-231 win over the Lady Wildcats.
“I told the girls that in reality they are not competing against the other teams but rather that they are competing against the course and that they have to find a way to beat the course,” Lady Eagle coach Jim Thompson said. “We just didn’t do that tonight, and we didn’t play well enough to win in all honesty.”
All three teams had one girl in the 40s and four girls above that, which was a direct reversal of what the Lady Eagles did several nights before when they shot a 179 team total with four girls in the 40s.
The Lady Eagles were led by No. 1, Rachel Hazelet who shot a 48. Following Hazelet were Lauren Holloway and Megan Yoder, both of which turned in scores of 53. Olivia Western carded a 54 while McKenzie Smith rounded out the scoring for the Eagle varsity with a round of 56.
I thought with the conditions that everybody would be up a bit,” Thompson noted. “I was hoping for about a 195, but we went way beyond that. We were about 10 strokes too high. That was the tale of the match. If we don’t go that much high, we win.”
For Whitko the one girl in the 40s was Taylor Snavley, who despite the conditions carded a solid round of 42 to take medalist honors for the evening.
“I thought that was an absolutely beautiful round, and that she deserved the medalist honors,” Thompson said.
Chloe Nestel came in next for the Lady Wildcats, recording a round of 58. Hannah Hines carded a 63, while Taylor Pottenger came in at 68. Emily Weigold rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with a round of 71.
The Columbia City JV took a 224-227 win over the Manchester JV with Allison Yoder leading the way with a round of 50. Jackie Leeuw and Deanna Beckner both shot 54s and Jessica Klemm came in at 66. Jackie Bullard filled out the Eagle JV with a score of 71.
The Lady Eagles return to action Saturday when they travel to Stonehenge Golf Club for the Warsaw Sectional. Golf starts at 9:30 a.m. with the Lady Eagles teeing off between 10 and 10:45.