By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia/Spring Grove golf teams hit the links last week and despite not having much practice, fared pretty well as they opened up the 2014 campaign.
The Warrior girls opened the season April 8 at Ma Cal Grove against Southland and shot a 236. With a 57, Ashley Gavin earned medalist honors with Claudia Melde and Rebeckah Schroeder each shooting a 59 and Katrina Paulson carding a 61. Rachel Peterson (62), Julie Sand (67) and Karli Fishbaugher (74) also golfed for the team. Coach Jacquelyn Hauser said, “This meet was a little unexpected as we haven’t been able to practice outside yet. The girls did a good job considering this is the first time they’ve hit on real grass and we haven’t had a chance to chip or putt outside yet this spring. We need to work on eliminating our high score holes, which will come with added short game practice.”
On Tuesday, the ladies hosted Chatfield and beat the Gophers by 53 shots, 224-277. Gavin again earned medalist honors, carding a 53 with Schroeder shooting 54, Peterson 58, Melde 59, Paulson 62, Sand 66 and Fishbaugher scoring 74. Hauser said, “I give the girls a lot of credit playing two meets in a row without having a practice outside yet. They played a little better today than yesterday. Ashley and Rebekah both put together nice rounds. It is promising to see the girls improving and they will continue to improve once we can get some good practices in and work on our short games.”
On Friday the team hit the road to Waukon and won their third match of the week, edging Waukon 222-233 with Gavin again leading the way with a 50. “This was a good win against a solid program,” Hauser said. “Our team score continues to improve with several girls contributing. Ashley continues to play good golf and has been medalist in all three meets this week. Claudia has also been solid all week and played well today. Rebekah and Katrina have really stepped up as eighth graders and posted some good scores. Our short games are still a little rusty and need improvement, but that will come around as we get more practice time in outside.” Melde carded a 54 and Paulson added a round of 58.
The Warrior boys also were busy with meets, beating Southland 180-224 Monday with Devan Schiltz leading the way with a 43. Cody Breeser was next with a 44, Hunter Rud scored a 47, Drew Stemper shot a 46, Isaak Solum shot a 55 while Symon Ely carded a 57. Coach Jeremy Leis said, “We finally were able to go outside on Monday – many of my players had not hit a ball outside yet this season. They did a really nice job and shot 180.”
On Tuesday, the boys hosted La Crescent and Chatfield and finished second with a 191, while La Crescent totaled a 177 and the Gophers shot a 259. Devan Schiltz led with a 46 with Stemper adding a 45, Breeser a 49, Ely a 51, Solum a 58 and Carson Bullerman adding a 59. “We have to keep our heads down and work hard and focus on the process of getting better every day,” Leis said. “Our short games need practice, and we will get many opportunities to get better in the next six weeks. I like our attitude in practice so far. It’s a marathon and we want to gradually get better, not burn ourselves up early.”
Friday the boys beat Waukon 183-212 with Schiltz shooting a 43, Stemper 45, Ely a 47, Breeser 48, Solum 57 and Bullerman 60. Leis added, “Varsity and JV had some nice scores. It was a great week getting outside thanks to Ma Cal Grove for all their hard work getting the course ready and letting us enjoy it.”