Monday, September 23, 2019

Metamora Girls Golf Celebrate Conference Win for Seniors

Story & photo: Charlie Drier, L to R Senior's Rebecca Johnson and Olivia Ehlers

Tuesday, September 17th Metamora Fields, Metamora, Illinois

This may have been a typical day for several of us, but for Seniors Rebecca Johnson and Olivia Ehlers, this day was special.  For many of the other Fall sports at Metamora Township High School, Senior Night is a celebrated event.  And win on top of the last home match makes it even more special.  Hosting a nine-hole contest against the Dragons from Pekin, our Lady Redbirds defeated their Varsity and Junior Varsity 208 to 244 and then 242 to no score.  This is another Mid-Illini Conference win for our Lady Redbirds Golf team.

The home match was held at the Metamora Fields Golf Course, with its well-maintained fairways and greens.  The course played well with a decent roll despite the recent rain and morning dew from the slow turn from the summer heat and humidity to early fall cool nights.  Our Varsity Lady Redbirds were led by Junior's Brooke Drier 48 and Hannah Heiden's 52, followed by Sophomore's Kerri Troutt's 52 and Taylor Whitaker's 56.  The non-scored rounds by Senior Rebecca Johnson 65 and Sophomore Katie Guede's 68.  The Junior Varsity was uncontested with scores from Senior Olivia Ehlers 54, Sophomore Stephanie Spradlin's 60 and 64's by Freshman Avery Adami and Junior Alli Voss.  After the match, the girls celebrated Senior's Rebecca Johnson and Olivia Ehlers last home match with gifts and cookie cake.  

Thursday, September 19th, Wolf Creek Golf Course, Pontiac, Illinois.

Coming to Pontiac and playing in the Livingston, County, Tournament is "old hat" for the Lady Redbirds.  Coming to this challenging 18 hole course compared to the numerous other courses played during the year challenges their every shot.  Similar to geometry and algebra, trying to determine the distance of a 90-degree dogleg to the left and or right, for the exact landing spot is troubling.  Too short and you have trees to either go around and lose a shot or try to sky the trees, risking the infamous lumber yard sound of the ball to wood.  Trying to place the ball at the right corner of the angle in addition to holding yourself together on this sweltering and extremely humid day, this course's challenge was increased.  

Competing against several other teams which the Lady Redbirds will see in the coming weeks for Regional and then Sectional, the competition was heavy.  Leading into the back 9, our Lady Redbirds were led by Junior's Hannah Heiden's 47 and Brooke Drier's 48.  Sophomore Taylor Whitaker posted a 53 and Senior Olivia Ehler with a 62.  Making the turn to their back 9  with even more heat and humidity bearing down our Lady Redbirds, the scores were a give and take.  The course's greens became faster as the weather dried them up while taking its toll for the unconditioned.  The back nine scores entered by our Lady Redbirds was an impressive 37 by Junior Brooke Drier (85) followed with a 48 (95) from Hannah Heiden.  Sophomore Taylor Whitaker came in with a 56 (109) and Senior Olivia Ehlers 59 (121).  The Redbirds did not place as well as they had expected in the Tournament, but Junior Brooke Drier, placed in the top 15 Medalist category.

The Lady Redbirds slowly enter into their final stretch of Mid-Illini Conference play against Washington's Panther at Pine Lakes, Tuesday the 24th and then travel to Galesburg and participate in the Galesburg Invite.  Then the 30th of September in Canton.  Conference play for Mid-Illini is hosted by the Eagles of Dunlap on the 3rd of October.  Until then, may your drive's find the fairways and the wind always at your back.  

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