- Cheek cards an eagle on her way to medalist honors -
After competing on the road in five consecutive tournament fields, the Northview Knights finally got the opportunity to hit their home course in dual match play Thursday afternoon.
The result was much the same for the Knights who were able to sit Amy Thiemann, Kelsey Smith and Madison Kirchner for the afternoon.
The Northview Knights got a solid medalist round of 41 from Brittany Cheek on the way to a 178 to 204 victory over the Clovers in sweltering temperatures.
Close behind was Amber Trusler who scrambled early with a seven on hole No. 1 and a six on the third hole before finishing strongly with a par on hole No. 7 and a birdie on No. 8. "Our first two girls (Cheek and Trusler) really got off to a tough start," commented Assistant Coach John Brush. "But Brittany chipped in for an eagle and Amber's par on five really righted the ship for the two of them."
Also important for the Knights was the fact that they were able to get some of their younger players into varsity match play. "I think it was really key for us to be able to sit two of our top three and get some other girls into the match," noted Brush. "It gives some of them extra experience and could be important if we would happen to have an injury. Teresa (Head coach Teresa Akers) has said all along that there are only a handful of strokes between our numbers five through eight players so this was a good test."
Nearly all the Knights passed that test with high marks as freshman Millie Akers carded a 47 along with Jenae Huffman. Maggie Kirchner shot a 48 ahead of Erica Tucker's 50. Abby Smith shot a 53, Kayla Cooper had a 61 along with Madason Stevenson.
Allysia Schwartz and Toi Thompson led the Clovers, each with a 49.
The Knights' busy pre-school schedule will get a break heading into the weekend with two tough matches versus Vigo County rivals Terre Haute South (at Rea Park on Tuesday) and Terre Haute North (at Hulman Links on Thursday) looming. "We've beaten South twice already this season but it's always tough to get the third win," commented Brush. "And Hulman Links seems to always give us trouble so it's good to get some practice in."
Team Scores: Northview 178, Cloverdale 204
At Forest Park Golf Course
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003
Northview (178): Cheek 41, Trusler 43, Akers 47, Huffman 47, Ma.Kirchner 48, Tucker 50, Smith 53, Cooper 61, Stevenson 61.
Cloverdale (204): Schwartz 49, Toi Thompson 49, Williams 52, Query 54, Herskedal 60, Ja.Thompson 63.