Three strokes hand Lady Eagles NHC loss, again

   COLUMBIA CITY — One close loss is bad enough but three consecutive is a bad habit Columbia City girls’ golf would like to break.
   Monday, the Lady Eagles came into their Northeast Hoosier Conference match at Eagle Glen Golf Course having lost their last two conference matches by four strokes or less.
   After holding a five-stroke lead with two golfers in the clubhouse against Carroll, Columbia City (3-5, 1-4 NHC) struggled to find another low score to put the match away.
   The Lady Chargers rallied with four scores in the 40s beating CC 190-193.
   “We’re an average golf team right now,” said Columbia City head coach Jim Thompson. “We’re caught in a funk.
   “We had two girls in the 40s and they had four and we still only lost by three. We just needed one more.” 
   New Haven narrowly escaped Eagle Glen with a victory Friday to hand Columbia City its first of two three stroke losses in the last week.
   In both matches, the Lady Eagles had no trouble at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
   Seniors Rachel Hazelet and Olivia Western led Columbia City with its two best scores for the second straight match.
   “Rachel is very dependable,” Thompson noted. “Nothing over a six. Her and Olivia (Western) are starting to figure it out.”
   Hazelet shot a 44 on the front nine beating Carroll’s top score of 47 by Erin Velpel.
   Western narrowly missed beating her teammate for medalist of the match taking par on four of her last five holes to shoot 45.
   Columbia City’s No. 4, McKenzie Smith, fought back from a rough start to finish with a 50.
   “McKenzie (Smith) did a nice job tonight,” Thompson said. “Her start was bad but she finished four, four, four, five. She fought like crazy to shoot 50 and that helped us.”
   Other varsity scores had Megan Yoder post a 54 followed by sister Allison Yoder at 56 and Lauren Holloway with 55.