PLYMOUTH — It’s not often you get a lift from one of your opponents.
Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened to Plymouth at the Northern Lakes Conference Girls Golf Meet Saturday, as the Lady Pilgrims finished second with a 363 behind NLC champ Warsaw’s 354, and Northridge beat out Wawasee to give Plymouth sole possession of second place in the final conference standings.
“I thanked the Northridge coach. I said ‘Man, we appreciate it.’ Our girls needed to pick it up today, and they realized that,” said Plymouth head coach Jack Kinney.
“On Wednesday when we went to practice the six varsity girls actually had a closed door meeting with no one else in the room, and they talked about where they wanted to go and how they wanted to finish this year. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they really got with it in practice, and you could see a change in the team and the chemistry, and I think it was kind of evident today in the scores that were shot.”
Plymouth was led by Mandy McPherron’s All-NLC turn of 85 at Plymouth Country Club, while Emily Berger earned all-conference honorable mention honors with an 87 in second place for the Pilgrims.
“Emily Berger, she’s gaining confidence every week, and she’s realizing that one or two holes are keeping her from being in the 30s in nine holes and the low 80s for 18,” said Kinney. “Her confidence is growing, and I’m really proud of her for receiving honorable mention.”
“Mandy, I believe that she’s realized that ‘Wow, this is it. I’m a senior, and I don’t want to go out on a note that isn’t something that I would be proud of,’” continued the Plymouth boss. “These past couple weeks Mandy has picked it up to another level. She’s practiced more on her short game with her chipping, her putting, her lob shots. She’s worked hard with Pat Bailey, our assistant coach on all phases of the game. Mandy really deserved all-conference today, and I was happy to see her receive that honor because the last week or two she’s gotten into her mind the way that she wants to go out as a Lady Pilgrim golfer, as someone who’s going to be remembered for doing some great things. We’re really proud of her.”
In the No. 3 slot for Plymouth Saturday, Lauren Rearick shot a 93, while Kelly Henderson turned in a 98, and Emily Denney carded a 108.
Plymouth will play Penn and LaPorte Wednesday before heading into the Warsaw Sectional Saturday.
• NORTHERN LAKES
At Plymouth Country Club (par 72)
Team scores: WARSAW 354, PLYMOUTH 363, NORTHRIDGE 369, WAWASEE 374, NORTHWOOD 381, GOSHEN 404, CONCORD 443, MEMORIAL 477
WARSAW (354): Sara Hartle 81, Nikki LaLonde 89, Nikki Grose 91, Elizabeth Meadows 101, Megan Dearlove 93.
PLYMOUTH (363): Emily Berger 87, Lauren Rearick 93, Kelly Henderson 98, Mandy McPherron 85, Emily Denney 108.
NORTHRIDGE (369): Alayna Frauhiger 81, Katie Moniot 93, Tori Roberts 97, Madison Stewart 110, Sidney Reed 98.
WAWASEE (374): Courtney Rassi 83, Kristin Lonn 89, Elizabeth Jackson 90, Courtney McDaniel 112, Alex Goralczyk 129.
NORTHWOOD (381): Heidi Morganthaler 83, Emily Myers 92, Kate Adams 101, Abbey Hersberger 105, Rachel Bebbe 107.
GOSHEN (404): Heather Gladfelter 75, Teage Minier 114, Kaitlyn Karnes 100, Rochelle Rock 115, Katheryn Giddens 122.
CONCORD (443): Kristen Fioritto 93, McKenna Grmiske 113, Abby Roberts 113, Ashlyn Ball 124, Olivia Kaufman 133.
MEMORIAL (477): Brenna Sherwood 77, Kaylin Byers 136, Kharlee Scroy 118, Megan Moore 148, A. Disher 146.