Times Sports Editor
The Northview girls golf team has consistently improved over the course of the dual match season this year and Thursday's tough competition against rival Terre Haute North and South was no different.
The Knights shot a season-best score of 192 to top Monday's score of 194 against West Vigo. However, the Patriots were on top of their game too, getting a career-best round of 32 from No. 1 golfer, Rachel Welker. Her score paced the Patriots to a school-record score of 158, the second time this season that North has registered a school low mark against the Knights. Terre Haute South was also firing on all cylinders, carding a 168, which was led by Katie Thomas' 37.
"I think everyone had a good time tonight," Northview coach Josh Trout quipped. "School-best for Terre Haute North, a season-best for Terre Haute South and a season-best for us. I think everyone was pretty pleased with the results tonight."
The Knights' Hayley Miller led the team with a 40 and is rounding into great shape for the Western Indiana Conference match on Saturday at Stonecrest Golf Course.
"We went down to Stonecrest the other night so the girls would have a chance to play it and they all played pretty well and enjoyed it. I think we can go down there and really shoot a low number."
Tuesday's round on the conference course was also special as Miller shot her first hole-in-one of her career. The senior's ace came with a pitching wedge on the eighth hole, a 110-yard, par-3. The hole-in-one was part of a career-best nine-hole score of 39.
"Yeah it was a lot of fun, not many golfers get to have one of those," Trout said of Miller's ace. "She had a heck of a round too. It was a great night for her."
North's record score saw Nicole Anderson shoot a 40 with a balanced effort from the rest of the team as Courtney Huffenberger shot a 42, Jesi Kaperak-Eason had a 44, Rachel Holt had a 45 along with Anna Potter.
Terre Haute South got a 41 from Morgan Patterson, a 42 from Kaylee Walburn, a 48 from Kristen Krockenberger and a 51 from Alex Pickens.
Despite the loss, Trout felt that his team was heading into the WIC Tourney on a strong note.
"We've stayed on the right track," Trout said. "It seems like the girls are gaining confidence and looking more comfortable out there and that's the way you want to go, keep improving and play your best golf at the end of the year. I think we're right there."
The conference meet begins on the West Course at Stonecrest at 8:30 a.m.
At Forest Park Golf Course
T.H. North 158, T.H. South 168, Northview 192
Hayley Miller 40, Megan Heaton 50, Shelby French 50, Karli Atkinson 52, Sierra Girton 57, Macie Lynch 58
T.H. North (158)
Rachel Welker 32, Nicole Anderson 40, Courtney Huffenberger 42, Jesi Kaperak-Easton 44, Rachel Helt 45, Anna Potter 45
T.H. South (168)
Katie Thomas 37, Morgan Patterson 41, Kaylee Walburn 42, Kristen Krockenberger 48, Alex Pickens 51, Lucy Nesbit 60