BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
TERRE HAUTE -- After getting off to a hot start in 2009, the Northview girls golf team took a step back Tuesday, falling hard at Terre Haute South by a 164-193 margin.
Top scorers for Northview were Olivia Oehler and Many Thomlinson both shooting 47's, while Hayley Miller was right behind with a score of 48. This didn't bode well for the Knights, as four South golfers topped Oehler and Thomlinson's scores. Most impressive for the Braves were Kelsey Fuqua and Caylee Walburn, who shot 38 and 40 respectively.
Northview coach Josh Trout said he wasn't disgusted with his squad's effort, but stressed he knew they were capable of playing at a much higher level.
"We didn't get off the tee well, and it's hard to score when you don't hit good tee shots," Trout said. "We could have scored a lot better."
Trout credited his team's sluggish performance to inconsistency.
"Everybody had holes that really hurt their scores," the coach stated. "It wasn't one hole in particular, it was just several that ended up putting us behind."
The loss was Northview's first of the season, after jumping out of the gate fast with wins in their first two matches. While he wasn't pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's performance, Trout seemed perfectly confident his team would be able to turn things around quickly.
"Things could have been better, but we didn't hit the ball badly," Trout said. "I did see some good things, and we just need to keep working and continue to get better."
The Knights return to the links Thursday when they travel to Terre Haute North.
At Rea Park
Terre Haute South 164, Northview 193
Olivia Oehler 47, Mandy Thomlinson 47, Allison Trout 51, Hayler Miller 48, Shelby French 57, Hilliary Thomas 61, Macie Lynch 64
Terre Haute South (164)
Kelsey Fuqua 38, Caylee Walburn 40, Morgan Patterson 42, Katie Thomas 44, Jordan Allen 49, Kit Gambill 56