BREMEN — Bremen knew the Northern State Conference Girls Golf Meet would likely come down to a battle with New Prairie.
Unfortunately for the Lions, the middle of their lineup couldn’t quite put their best rounds together, and the Cougars ran away with the NSC championship with 400 points to Bremen’s 425 at Sprig O’Mint Golf Course Saturday.
John Glenn golfers struggled on the front nine to finish third with a 450, meanwhile, as Triton turned in a 461 for fourth, LaVille was fifth with a 537, and Knox was sixth with a 583 at the meet.
“We didn’t do as well as we should have, let’s put it that way,” said Bremen head coach Don Harrison. ‘My middle players needed to drop several strokes to get us where we needed to be. They shot a 400, we shot a 425. We still improved over last year; we were third out of four teams last year, and now we’re second out of six so I’ve got to be happy with that. The kids are happy.”
Bremen was led by trio of All-NSC performances at the meet. Laura Davis shot a 98 for second place overall behind meet low-medalist Lauren O’Malley of New Prairie, while Kailyn Weiss turned in a 106, and usual No. 5 Lindsey Allen carded a solid 105 for Bremen’s second lowest score of the day.
Kaylin Worthington turned in Bremen’s No. 4 score of 116.
“Laura has been a rock all through the season,” said Harrison. “I can trust her to come in with a 50, 49, 48 — her lowest score has been a 42 during the season. I knew that she would really push hard. It’s nice to see Lindsey play and be excited about her scores this time. She came in with a 105, which is really pretty good for her playing in the fifth position.”
Triton has been out its No. 3 for the past two weeks, so the Lady Trojans had tempered expectations headed into Saturday’s meet. Sydney Gochenour and Hannah Jennings were both All-Conference with respective scores of 104 and 106, while Sabrina Kaufman turned in a 115 and Melanie Clemens shot 136.
“I really expected Sydney or Hannah to be able to shoot in the 40s at least on one nine,” said Triton head coach Jack Carpenter. “Hannah had a 10 on I think the 18th hole today, which was a killer because she was playing pretty well. I expected Sydney and Hannah to get in the top 10, and they did.”
LaVille was also out its No. 3 golfer due to illness Saturday, but the young Lady Lancers still earned their first victory of the year with a fourth-place finish ahead of the equally inexperienced Redskins.
Shayla Eggert and Whitney Brown led LaVille with scores of 119 and 120, respectively, while Whitney Brown shot 120, and Casey Turak shot 168.
“We hadn’t won yet this year. We defeated somebody for the first time,” said LaVille coach Steve Read. “Knox is in the same boat we are, but the girls at least experienced that they’re not the worst team out there.
“I’m not disappointed in what the girls shot. Certainly I would’ve liked to have seen them shoot better, but three of the girls had really never played prior to this year… and no one in there had ever played more than probably 29 holes in their life, so they’re learning.”
Knox was led by Taylor Kemble’s 132, while Sarah Coad shot 133. Miranda Shepherd turned in a 155, and Kristin Keen shot a 163 for the team’s first complete NSC score in five years.
“All of my girls have only been playing golf for about three months, so our goals today were simply to have fun, meet some new people, enjoy the day and just shoot as best we can,” said Knox head coach Mark Abel. “I think we came in maybe pretty average for maybe three of our players, and two of our players shot maybe a little higher than normal.”
John Glenn was paced by Emma Reese’s 105, while Presley Gee shot a 110, Maddie Silvey came in at 116, and Anna Dunn and Morgan Eggleston both shot 119.
• NORTHERN STATE
At Sprig ‘O Mint (par 72)
1. New Prairie 400, 2. Bremen 425, 3. Glenn 450, 4. Triton 461, 5. LaVille 537, 6. Knox 583
NEW PRAIRIE (400): Lauren Omalley 92, Chelsea Purkal 108, Maris Graber 101, Stevie Kowalski 104, Lexi Wagner 103.
BREMEN (425): Laura Davis 98, Kailyn Weiss 106, Kaylin Worthington 116, Melissa Krathwohl 120, Lindsey Allen 105
TRITON (461): Sydney Gochenour 104, Hannah Jennings 106, Sabrina Kaufman 115, Melanie Clemens 136, Katlyn Watson 145
GLENN (450): Anna Dunn 119, Morgan Eggleston 119, Presley Gee 110, Maddie Silvey 116, Emma Reese 105.
LAVILLE (537): Shayla Eggert 119, Tana Newkirk 130, Whitney Brown 120, Casey Turak 168.
KNOX (583): Sarah Coad 133, Kristin Keen 163, Taylor Kemble 132, Miranda Shepherd 155, Sierra Wolber 167
All NSC: Lauren O’Malley 92 (NP), Laura Davis 98 (B), Maris Graber 101 (NP), Lexi Wagner 103 (NP), Sydney Gochenour 104 (T), Stevie Kowalski 104 (NP) Lindsey Allen 105 (B), Emma Reese 105 (G), Kailyn Weiss 106 (B), Hannah Jennings 106 (T)