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|Issue of November 27, 2013
September 11, 2013 | 09:39 AM
In a tune-up of sorts, the girls' golf teams from Corydon Central and Silver Creek battled one another at Old Capital Golf Club last Wednesday, prior to tackling the Corydon course Saturday for the Mid-Southern Conference.
If the dual match was any indication, the two teams will likely be among the top in the chase for team bragging rights.
Corydon Central's Marie Rothrock chips from just off the green on No. 9 Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Earlier in the year at Silver Creek's home course, Hidden Creek, the Lady Dragons pulled out a one-stroke win. Wednesday's dual at Old Cap had a two-shot difference, this time with Corydon Central on top.
As a team, the Lady Panthers shot a 189 to Silver Creek's 190 playing the front nine.
"We have a slight edge with the home course," Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. "I think Silver Creek, but we haven't played Salem and some other conference schools, will be one of the teams to contend. I expect us both to contend. Today was a close match after they beat us earlier at their course."
Leading the way for Corydon Central was the pair of seniors, Kennedy Nash and Marie Rothrock. Tallying five pars, Nash was the low on the evening for the winning squad with a 5-over par 41. She wasn't able to earn medalist honors with Silver Creek's Charlotte Seaton taking that honor with an even-par round of 36.
"My short game saved me today because my driver was a struggle," Kennedy said. "I could have done a lot better. I've had some good rounds this year. I went out and shot 74 in a practice round, which is my best yet."
Seaton was tough to beat, carding birdies on holes two and eight. On eight, she reached the green on the par-5 in two shots, clearing a pond with the second.
"A girl shooting 36 is really impressive," Kevin said.
Playing alongside Nash, Rothrock had a steady round as well. She had trouble on the par-3 second hole but bounced back to finish with five pars and a 42.
"Marie has really stepped up," Kennedy said. "We know we have to pull our weight now because we are missing Taylor (Frederick)."
Frederick will miss the entire golf season of her senior year with an injury.
"It was a big blow because she's a senior, but we still believe we can get out (of sectional) and compete for conference. Everyone needs to step up a little more," coach Nash said.
Rounding out the top four for Corydon Central were Cortlin Engleman and Sidney Capelle; both shot 53s. Also participating were Lauren Murphy (55) and Hanna Seacat (61).
Silver Creek's second-best score was Liv Schmidt with a 46. She was followed by Lily Smith (54) and Eme Christman (54). Also playing were Kaela Roberts (56) and Hannah McGrath (56).
This season, the schedule has been different for Corydon Central. Coach Nash said they've played at Champion's Pointe, Hidden Creek and Jasper thus far but will play out the rest of the year in home matches.
The school is scheduled to host the MSC on Saturday (1:30 p.m. start) at Old Capital. The course will later play host to the IHSAA Sectional on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m.
"We're trying to take all these home matches as a positive to get us more prepared for sectional and conference," Nash said.
The win over Silver Creek in the dual match is a good start for the final few weeks.
"It's a good building block because we know we can beat them, even when we don't shoot our best rounds," Nash said.