Monday, September 30, 2019

Lady Redbirds Golf Team Short of Win @ Quail Meadows in Washington

Lady Redbirds Golf Team Short of Win @ Quail Meadows in Washington, Metamora Herald
Photo: Brooke Drier, connecting her drive off of Quail Meadow's 8th hole.  Fellow teammate, Hannah Heiden, looks on along with Washington's players
Tuesday, September 24th.  Another important Mid-Illini Conference match, but more importantly,  against the Washington Panthers.  Last year, there was no change in the weather, only a change of a scorecard, where the Redbirds experienced their only conference loss. Still this year, that was in the back of their minds, they were excited and anticipating a win at Washington's course, Quail Meadows.  The weather was a picture-perfect afternoon for a nine hole contest.  This Mid-Illini Conference match included both squads; Varsity and Junior Varsity.

Playing the front nine of this 18 hole public course, provided both teams with well-protected fairway shots that opened up to unprotected greens with some wind.  Several of the greens were heavily shaded, hiding the dips, rolls, and drops of their contour where the line for a putt was often hidden.  Some of their greens were exposed to the sun all day with some additional wind on them, creating a very hard and fast surface.  Putting speed from one to another, depending on the sun or shade, caused many to experience inconsistent speeds.  Imagine pushing a cinder block uphill on asphalt compared to a drop of oil into a pool of water; that's how different putting was today.   

The Varsity match entered their top four 9 hole scores of; Brooke Drier 44, Hannah Heiden 52, Taylor Whitaker 54 and Kerri Troutt 58.  The Panthers came in with; Palmer 43, Smidgall 46, Riser and Norman each with 51. Varsity match- Washington 191 to Metamora 208.  The Junior Varsity Squad entered their nine hole scores of; Anna Schnetzler 62, Olivia Ehlers 64, Stephanie Spradlin 65 and Avery Voss 69.  The Panthers Junior squad scored with Schaberger 51, Bombeck 58, Bowen and Nichols both with a 59. Washington takes the Junior Varsity match with a 227 to Metamora's 260.

The Lady Redbirds play this weekend in Galesburg for their invite and then are back into Mid-Illini Conference mode with an away match in Canton on Monday.  Then Thursday, October 3rd, Dunlap hosts the Mid-Illini Conference meet.  On Thursday, October 10th, Metamora hosts the IHSA Regional Match at Metamora Fields Golf Course.  If you are looking to see many of the areas young and upcoming Lady golfers, this is an event you cannot miss attending.  And, the price of attending cannot be beaten.  Until then, keep your drives in the short grass and may the wind always be to your back!
Story and photo by Charlie Drier

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