The month of August isn’t even a week old and the high school sports season is already underway for the boys and girls golf teams in Madison County.
Yes, technically it’s still summer, but the fall sports season is gearing up and a handful of golf squads have heightend expectations for the 2014 season.
No program in the county has a higher ceiling than the Madison-Plains girls golf team which opened the season Thursday, Aug. 7.
The Golden Eagles opened their season with a tough two-shot victory at Locust Hills Golf Course over a talented Bexley team. The Lions’ Lisa Weisman was the overall medalist after shooting a round of 38, but Madison-Plains was able to pick up the victory thanks to a balanced attack.
Christan Bowshier (44), Kaylin Dill (45) and Bailey Stephens (45) were all within a shot of one another and Morgan Hunter wasn’t far behind with her round of 51.
The team didn’t use the 59 from Regan Rubel or the 85 from Emma Davis.
The London girls team competed in their first dual match of the season Wednesday, Aug. 6, against Mechanicsburg at Indian Springs Golf Club.
Mechanicsburg’s Sheena Payne was the event medalist with a round of 57, that helped lead her squad to a 269-291 victory.
The Red Raiders were led by Jessie Thompson’s 59. Morgan Haynes added a 61, while Brook Carter (82) and Katie Hill (89) also contributed to the team score.
The Red Raiders first home match of the season resulted in a loss Thursday, Aug. 7, against Northeastern at the London Country Club.
Hayes’ 64 was London’s best score, it was followed by Thompson’s 67, Carter’s 82 and Hill’s 91.
The London boys team got its season started in encouraging fashion, as it finished second in the nine-team Greenfield McClain Invitational played Thursday, Aug. 7, at Buckeye Hills Golf Course.
The team fired a round of 332 which was a mere one shot off the pace set by Hillsboro (331).
The rest of the field saw Washington Court Hourse finish third (342), being followed by Zane Trace (347), Circleville (348), Adena (354), White Oak (359) and McClain (410). Miami Trace did not register a score.
The Red Raiders were led by veterans Ethan Drummond (80), Jacob Michels (82) and Bradley Wilson (84). Garrett Kronk had his 95 count in the team score, while Garrett King added a 97.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740)852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.