Hot round at Old Cap for CC, NH
Thursday’s round of golf was certainly on the hot and humid side at Old Capital Golf Club at Corydon.
North Harrison, settling into its new home course alongside long-time guest Corydon Central, locked up in a 9-hole match under sunny skies. Salem’s lone participant, Loralee Potter, represented the Lady Lions.
Giving coaches an indication of early season play, North Harrison came away with the lowest team score of 199 while Corydon Central wasn’t far back with a 215.
‘It’s hot out here,’ North Harrison’s Sophia Jacobi said after her round of 55.
Showing the way as medalist was North Harrison’s Hallie Hinton. A two-time regional qualifier, Hinton found a groove at times with her ball striking. She had some ups and downs with the flat stick but eventually turned in a 43.
‘I’ve been hitting the ball a lot better this year than last year,’ Hinton said. ‘My biggest weakness is getting my short game consistent and getting mentally prepared for every match.’
Hinton found success on the pair of par-3s on the course. On No. 7, she put down a par. Coming around to No. 2 (she started on No. 4) Hinton stuck a tee pin high to the left of the two-tiered green.
Lining up the putt, Hinton slid the ball into the center of the cup for a birdie.
‘I needed that putt,’ she said. ‘Putting has been the worst part of my game lately. I have to keep working on it … It was a mental thing. It helped me believe that I could make it, and I did.’
Teammate Cassidy Thompson was a handful of shots behind Hinton. Playing in the No. 2 slot, Thompson carded pars on holes No. 7 and 9. She closed her round with a 47.
Also scoring for North Harrison were Alexia Blessinger (54), Katie Alexander (55), Jacobi (55) and Marie Meyer (60).
Corydon Central came away with a 215, led by Madison Engleman’s 48. Opening with a par on No. 4, Engleman added pars on holes six and nine. Closing the day, she carded a three on No. 2 to finish with four pars.
Cami Schmitt earned a par on her second par five, No. 8, to close with a 49 for the Lady Panthers. Schmitt said it was a personal-best round.
Returning player Sophie Cesar ended her round with a 60, while newcomers Emily Harbaugh and Ivy Gresham carded a 58 and 62, respectively.
Salem’s Potter, playing alongside Hinton and Schmitt, shot a 54.
Corydon Central coach Chase Best said the squad was without Macey Capelle, who missed the match while recovering from a surgery.
‘I’m satisfied with the group, but there is room for improvement,’ North Harrison coach Rob Higdon said. ‘We’ve been working on the range, hitting balls, chipping and putting. They are doing OK. I see improvements in all of them, especially Blessinger. She hasn’t played a lot, but she’s getting better.’
Higdon has coached many of the players at North Harrison since sixth grade.
‘Most of them can drive now,’ Higdon said with a laugh.
Due to New Salisbury Golf Club closing at the beginning of the year, North Harrison has joined Corydon Central in using Old Capital as its home practice and match facility.
‘Without the course at New Salisbury, it made a difference in how much some of them have played,’ Higdon said. ‘Most of the girls have joined (at Old Capital membership), so that’s a positive.’
North Harrison 199 (Hinton 43, Thompson 47, Blessinger 54, Alexander 55, Jacobi 55, Meyer 60); Corydon Central 215 (Engleman 48, Schmitt 49, Harbaugh 58, Cesar 60, Gresham 62); Salem INC (Potter 54).