Monday, October 1, 2018

Metamora H.S. Lady Redbird Varsity and Junior Varsity Golf Squad - ReCap

Coach Danner instructs the Lady Redbirds and Canton’s Little Giants of Metamora Fields out of bounds and other hazards and particulars entering into Monday’s Senior Night.     Photo: Drier-IP

Monday’s contest against Canton’s Little Giants at Metamora Fields.  Hyde putting from approximately 15 feet on the 8th hole with Assistant Coach Ambrosch monitoring her putt while Heiden watches.  Unknown Little Giant Player to the far left.    Photo: Drier-IP

Canton, Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club (Thursday, September 27th)

The Lady Redbird Varsity and Junior Varsity Golf Squad entered into the Mid-Illini Conference here in Canton with a Dual Meet record of 6-1 following Washington's 7-0 record.  The day began with a very cool and chilly temperatures, a drastic change for the ladies after playing most of their regular season in the intense heat and humidity known here in Central Illinois.  The stage was set for a classic showdown in the Mid-Illini conference, can the Lady Redbirds repeat their conference win from last year?  After losing a heart breaking match to the Panthers at Metamora Fields less than two weeks ago, the lady redbirds were prepared and focused.

All Varsity and Junior Varsity girls were present for this 8 team contest.  And the results, VICTORY for our Lady Redbirds!  Coach Chuck Danner, Assistant Coach Tom Ambrosch, and the ladies are "Back to Back" Mid-Illini Conference Champions.  The lady redbirds were led by Haleigh Hassinger's 82, Kara Hyde and Hannah Heiden's 93, Aubrey Youngquist's 94, Brooke Drier's 96 and Grace Simpson's 100.  But the excitement didn't end there once the scores were turned in.  Hassinger tied with her low score of 82 with Washington's Schmidgall's 82 for a sudden death playoff for the true Titleist.  Playing in front of a crowd of more than 60 parents and fellow players from all eight teams in attendance, the excitement was as heavy as a sand trap shot 8' away from the pin for a birdie. 

Hassinger (Sr) came away with an impressive 2nd place in the Mid-Illini Conference Championship with Hyde (Sr) and Heiden (So)  awarded with 7th (tie) Aubrey Youngquist (Jr) received 9th and Brooke Drier (So)  earned 10th overall. The Redbirds enter a very difficult and talented regional contest next week.  The lady's entered into the match with scores in the Mid-Illini Conference from Monday at (1) Grace Simpson, Hassinger and Hyde (3rd tie), Drier and Youngquist (5th tied) Heiden (8th).
Conference Standings as of the 24th of September; Washington 7-0, Metamora 6-1, Morton 5-2, E. Peoria 4-3, Limestone 3-4, Pekin 2-5, Dunlap 1-6 and Canton 0-7.

Metamora Fields Golf Club, (Monday, September 24th) 

The Lady Redbird Varsity and Junior Varsity Squad celebrated Senior Night in grand style here with a victory over the Lady Little Giants of Canton.  The afternoon's play of nine holes was enjoyable under an overcast sky and no rain.  The Redbirds defeated Canton with 174 to 247 (top four scores) playing the challenging front nine at the Fields.  The course played very well as it was well groomed and the greens were unforgivably fast if you had the touch of a blacksmith with a down hill putt.  The Redbirds were led by Grace Simpson's 40, with Haleigh Hassinger and Kara Hyde following with their 44s.  Next on the docket were Brooke Drier and Aubrey Youngquist's 46s and Hannah Heiden's 47.  The Junior Varsity Squad scored with Troutt's 50, Ellis' 55, McDonald and Whitaker's 59s, Schaffer's 60, Mahan's 64 and Guede's 66.  After the match the Seniors were celebrated for their past and present contributions on the Redbird Golf Team.  Seniors representing the Lady Redbirds are; Haleigh Hassinger, Kara Hyde, Grace Simpson and Maggie Schaffer.

Galesburg, Bunker Links Golf Course (Saturday, September 22nd)

Have you ever tried to fit your full sized vehicle into the parking spot designed for a Toyota Prius?  That is what the Varsity Lady Redbirds experienced here this Saturday in Galesburg.  Playing in the Galesburg Invite against 11 other lady squads ranging from Quincy,  to Macomb and Genesseo.  The Lady Redbirds were challenged here due to the difference in Bunker Links fairway and green size.  Bunker Links, a well maintained Parks District Golf Course, played well for all teams entering into the contest.  The Lady Redbirds placed well here with Aubrey Youngquist walking away with another Top Ten score.  The lady's mentioned that they played well but it was extremely challenging to them due to the fairway width, circumference of the greens and yes, the tall leafy things called trees; which they don't compete with typically at their home course, Metamora Fields Golf Club.   

(Submitted by: Charlie Drier)

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