LAPORTE — Plymouth’s season-long goal thus far has been to break 400 for 18 holes. For Tuesday’s New Prairie Invitational head coach Jack Kinney decided, heck, why not break 380?
The Lady Pilgrims reached that goal with room to spare, turning in a 376 to nose out Northern Lakes Conference foe NorthWood by two strokes and finish runner-up at the tourney, placing second behind No. 6-ranked Chesterton’s record-breaking team tally of 311 at Legacy Hills in LaPorte.
“We talked about it and really worked hard last night in practice, and on the way over on the bus the girls said ‘Coach, let’s break 400 today.’ Then I looked up in the rearview while I was driving, and I said ‘Let’s break 380,’” said Kinney. “They did it; they hit 376 today, and that’s a great accomplishment considering last week at this time we were 413. I’m pleased, I’m proud, but at the same time I’m a coach that knows we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Plymouth was led by Emily Berger’s 85, good enough for 10th place overall, while Lauren Rearick and Mandy McPherron shot 94 and 95, respectively, and Emily Denney carded a 102. Kelly Henderson came in at 106 for the Pilgrims’ fifth score.
NorthWood was led meanwhile by sophomore standout Heidi Morganthaler’s 80 as she turned in a 39 on the last nine to finish in fifth place overall. Emily Myers and Rachel Beebe both shot 99, while Kate Adams finished in 101, and Abby Hershberger shot a 109.
“We were about right where I thought we’d be,” said NorthWood head coach Adam Yoder. “If we broke 380 I’d be happy, and we shot 378.
“A very good score for (Heidi), and I think it’s her best score in her career in an 18-hole tournament. She’s moving in the right direction, for sure. We’ve still got a lot of work to do to accomplish the goals she wants to accomplish, but she had a very solid round today; she’s not making many mistakes.”
Bremen got off to a strong start to the 2011 season with a 412 for seventh place at the 14-team invite as Laura Davis and Kailyn Weiss both broke 100 with respective scores of 95 and 99, followed by Melissa Krathwohl’s 108, Kaylin Worthington’s 110 and Lindsey Allen’s 111.
“I thought we played very well,” said Bremen High School Athletic Director Troy Holmes, who filled in as head coach for the Lions Tuesday.
“I don’t think we were ready for 18 holes today; I think they tired a little bit. This is our first match, so that’s probably why we faltered a little bit on the back nine, but I’m pleased.”
Triton was also skippered by a stand-in at Tuesday’s meet, and the Lady Trojans turned in a team score of 421 to finish ninth in their first 18-hole event of the year. Sydney Gochenour shot a 93 and Hanna Jennings shot a 98, while Lizzie Erne carded a 109, Sabrina Kaufman shot a 121, and Melanie Clemens turned in a 128.
“They’ve been playing pretty consistently this year,” said Kevin Boyer, who took the reins as Trojans head coach for Jack Carpenter for the day. “Sydney Gochenour, our number one, has shot a 48 in our last two matches, followed by a 46 and 47 today, which is right up her alley. Four of our six girls are seniors, and they play pretty consistently; they’re all right around the same scores. They really enjoy it.”
Fellow Northern State Conference team John Glenn came in 12th at Legacy with a 441. Madeleine Silvey shot a 105, followed by Anna Dunn’s 109 and Morgan Eggleston’s 112, while Taylor Hines carded a 116, and Presley Gee shot a 122.
“We haven’t had two girls in the one-o-something, and Anna Dunn had a 109, and Madeleine Silvey had a 105,” said Glenn head coach Randy Schmeltz. “We haven’t done that with two girls in the two years I’ve been here. We’re waiting for them to crack the 100 barrier. Anna’s been shooting in the 40s in practice, she just can’t understand why she can’t do it in a match yet. I think it’s going to happen. We talked about it today. The first time you do it you’re going to be happy, but it’s going to make that second, third, fourth time even easier once you do.”
• NEW PRAIRIE INVITATIONAL
At Legacy Hills (Par 72)
Team results: 1. Chesterton 311, 2. Plymouth 376, 3. NorthWood 378, 4. LaPorte 380, 5. New Prairie 1 381, 6. Munster 390, 7. Bremen 412, 8. Michigan City 419, 9. Triton 421, 10. South Bend Riley 428, 11. Mishawaka 440, 12. John Glenn 441, 13. Elkhart Memorial 446, 14. New Prairie 2 478.
PLYMOUTH (376): Emily Berger 85, Mandy McPherron 95, Lauren Rearick 94, Emily Denney 102, Kelly Henderson 106.
NORTHWOOD (378): Heidi Morganthaler 80, Kate Adams 101, Abby Hershberger 109, Emily Myers 99, Rachel Beebe 99.
BREMEN (412): Laura Davis 95, Kailyn Weiss 99, Melissa Krathwohl 108, Kaylin Worthington 110, Lindsey Allen 111.
TRITON (421): Syndey Gochenour 93, Hannah Jennings 98, Lizzie Erne 109, Sabrina Kaufman 121, Melanie Clemens 128.
GLENN (441): Madeleine Silvey 105, Presley Gee 122, Taylor Hines 116, Morgan Eggleston 112, Anna Dunn 109.