By Diana Hammell
Argus Sports Writer
The Caledonia/Spring Grove girls golf team started off the 2012 golf season in its usual winning fashion.
C/SG 195 – Waukon 217
The season began with a meet in Waukon on Monday, April 2. The Warriors won with a score of 195 to Waukon’s 217.
First year coach and Caledonia and Concordia College golf alum, Jacquelyn Hauser, said this meet with Waukon was a good start to the season. “Both teams played pretty well in rather windy conditions,” she said. “Our team goal is to always have four scores in the 40s. Even though we didn’t quite get there it was a good start and shows a lot of potential. We struggled a little bit with our putting which is to be expected early in the season. A team score of under 200 is acceptable this early in the season.”
Jennifer Ely was medalist for the meet with a score of 46. Paige Langen followed with a 47; Katie McCarthy carded a 50 and Katie Meyer a 53. Hannah Hendel scored a 54 and Claire Eglinton a 58.
The junior varsity team also brought home a win scoring 221 to their opponent’s 246. Rachel Petersen carded a 52, Ashley Gavin a 56, Kendra Prahl a 61 and Claudia Melde a 64. Kailee Bjerke shot a 65 and Karlie Fishbaugher a 74.
C/SG vs. Kingsland
The Warriors traveled to Kingsland on April 3 for a meet at Root River Country Club. The girls scored a 203, winning the meet against a team with only three team members.
“We struggled a little more in this meet,” said Hauser. “Root River Country Club has seven holes with water and some of the girls struggled with that. Overall, we had quite a few penalty strokes which can higher scores quickly. The JV team played really well led by Claire’s round of 47.”
McCarthy scored a 47, Ely 49, Langen 52 and Meyer 55. Hendel carded a 58 and Petersen playing for the varsity had a 62.
For the JV, Petersen had a 62, Prahl a 51, Gavin a 58 and Melde a 60. Bjerke carded a 65 and Fishbaugher a 70. Kingsland had no JV team.
C/SG 187 – La Crescent 232
The Warriors continued their road trip schedule with a meet at Valley High against La Crescent, defeating them with a score of 187 to 232.
“We put a good team score together at Valley High with four scores in the 40s,” said Hauser. “Jennifer played well with posting a 42 and taking the medalist honors.”
Ely carded a 42, Langen and Eglinton scored 48s and McCarthy had a 49. Meyer had a 54 and Petersen a 56.
The Warrior JV played unopposed and scored a 225. Petersen and Melde carded 55s, Bjerke a 57, and Prahl and Gavin 58s. Fishbaugher had a 70.
The Warriors took third place out of the 12 team tournament at Willow Creek on Tuesday, April 10.
“Taking third out of the 12 team tournament was good and we competed against a lot of bigger schools,” said Hauser. “For the first 18 hole tournament of the season, a team score of 384 is very acceptable. Paige played very well shooting a 91 and taking sixth place individually and Katie and Jen weren’t far behind. The JV team also played very well. Although they played the shorter executive course, they still posted some solid scores.”
The top five teams were: 1) Stewartville 353, 2) Rochester Mayo 374, 3) Caledonia/Spring Grove 384, 4) Lake City 389 and 5) Blooming Prairie 412.
Langen scored a 47/44 91, McCarthy a 47/47 94, Ely 48/47 95 and Meyer 53/51 104. Hendel carded a 53/55 108 and Eglinton 59/59 118.
For the JV Prahl scored a 42/44 86, Gavin 47/40 87, Petersen 47/41 88 and Melde 48/43 91. Bjerke scored a 59/57 111 and Fishbaugher 58/60 118.
C/SG 208 – Decorah 195
Caledonia/Spring Grove had its fifth away meet in a row at Silvercrest in Decorah on Friday, April 13, falling to the Eagles with a score of 208 to Decorah’s 195.
Hauser said the C/SG girls struggled a little bit in Decorah in the cold and wind. “Katie did a good job of hanging in there on a tough day to stay in the 40s,” said Hauser. “Rachel (playing for the JV) posted the lowest score on either of our varsity or JV teams with a 47,” said Hauser. “Ashley played very well in her first ever varsity meet posting a 50.” Jennifer Ely did not participate because she had her wisdom teeth removed and Katie Meyer did not play because she was out of town for a cattle show.
McCarthy scored a 49, Gavin a 50, Langen a 53 and Prahl a 56. Hendel posted a 58 and Eglinton a 62.
For the JV Petersen scored 47, Bjerke 60, Fishbaugher 62 and Melde 66. Julie Sand scored a 66 in her first meet of the season.
Next: The Warriors hosted Waukon on Tuesday, April 17, will travel to Hayfield on Saturday April 21 and will host Southland Tuesday, April 24.
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