After dropping their first dual match of the season last week versus Terre Haute North, the Northview Knights came out gangbusters versus the Patriots and Terre Haute South on Thursday evening.
Getting the two Vigo County schools on their home turf, Forest Park Golf Course, the Knights proved that they are both talented and deep in shooting a 159 as a team, just three strokes off their team record. North placed second with a 177 and South shot a 180.
Brittney Cheek was the medalist with her one-under par 35. Cheek nailed down eight pars and added a birdie on hole No. 3 to take the top spot.
Teammate Amy Thiemann nabbed the second spot with her round of 38 followed by teammate Kelsey Smith who played through a great deal of pain caused by a knee that will need postseason surgery. Smith shot a 42 for the day. "Every day that (Kelsey) plays is gutsy," commented head coach Teresa Akers. "She's in pain whenever she plays and I'm as proud of her as any player I've ever coached."
Smith's performance was just one of many highlights for the Knights as freshman, Millie Akers, carded a 44 to round out the team scoring for Northview. However, the Knights also got a top-notch effort from their junior varsity players who shot a score of 184 to defeat Terre Haute North by 65 strokes.
Maggie Kirchner shot a 44, Madison Kirchner had a 45 while Abby Smith had a 47, Madason Stevenson had a 48 and Erika Tucker shot a 49.
"The girls have practiced really hard working on their game in this weather," commented Akers. "So they deserve the scores that they are shooting. Our young kids are really improving. I'm very pleased."
The Knights (4-1 in dual meets) will face Owen Valley at Rolling Meadows Golf Course next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Northview 159, T.H. North 177, T.H. South 180
At Forest Park Golf Course
Top-five scores: 1. Brittney Cheek (NV) 35, 2. Amy Thiemann (NV) 38, 3. Kelli Holloway (THS) 39, 4. Sarah Bowers (THN) 40, 5. Diana Price (THS) 41.
Northview (159): Brittney Cheek 35, Amy Thiemann 38, Kelsey Smith 42, Millie Akers 44, Amber Trusler 46.
T.H. North (177): Sarah Bowers 40, Haley Merrill 44, Ashley Miller 46, Christine Dodson 47, Liz Bird 48, Molly Williams 54.
T.H. South (180): Kelli Holloway 39, Diana Price 41, Ann Chi 47, Kayla Franklin 53, Lindsay Chapman 54, Savannah Englert 71.
Junior Varsity: Northview 184, T.H. North 249.
Northview (184): Maggie Kirchner 44, Madison Kirchner 45, Abby Smith 47, Madason Stevens 48, Erika Tucker 49.