Hosting Lady Eagles take fifth-place in NHC invite

   COLUMBIA CITY — One of the goals for the Columbia City Lady Eagle golf team in Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference tournament was to improve on its regular season placing in the conference.
   The Eagles accomplished that goal recording a 402 team total on the Eagle Glen links, good enough for a fifth-place tie with Norwell.
   “We finished tied with Norwell for fifth-place in the conference, which was good for us since we finished seventh in the regular season,” said Eagle coach Jim Thompson.
   The East Noble Lady Knights took the title with a 342, edging DeKalb by two strokes. Homestead took third with a 368 followed by Carroll at 378. The Eagles and Lady Knights were next at 402, followed by New Haven at 412 and Bellmont at 449.
   The Lady Eagles were led by their No. 1 and No. 2 golfers, Rachel Hazelet and Olivia Western.
   Hazelet, who earned All-NHC honorable mention honors for the second straight season, recorded consistent scores of 47 on both the front and back nine at Eagle Glen to lead the Eagles with a 94.
   “Olivia Western carded a fine 45 on the front nine before slipping to a 53 on the back nine for a 98, which “wasn’t so bad when you consider that she took a 12 on the par five 14th,” Thompson said.
   The 14th hole was not kind to the Eagles, with the five Columbia City golfers playing the hole at a combined 22 strokes over par.
   “In the end result we pretty much played to our averages, which is great since we have struggled of late with our fifth and sixth players scoring,” Thompson noted.
   Senior Megan Yoder carded the third score for the Lady Eagles turning in a 103, with juniors McKenzie Smith and Lauren Holloway both turned in a 107 to complete the scoring for Columbia City.
   “We were pleased with our scores,” Thompson said, “All in all it was a pretty good day and I think it will give us a boost heading into the sectional.”
   The Eagles host the Huntington North Lady Vikings on Tuesday before playing hosting Whitley County rival Whitko, and Manchester on Thursday.