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Maconaquah third, Peru fourth, North Miami ninth at TRC Girls' Golf Match

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

HUNTINGTON – A cool September morning turned into an ideal day for the TRC Girls’ Golf Match at Norwood GC in Huntington Saturday.

Manchester ran away with its second-straight conference title while Maconaquah edged out Peru for third in the tournament by two strokes.

North Miami finished ninth overall with Northfield second, Wabash fifth, Rochester sixth, Whitko seventh and Tippecanoe Valley eighth in the team scoring. Southwood did not have enough golfers for a team score.

Both Maconaquah and Peru had a golfer earn All-TRC honors with a top-10 finish.

Renae Stoll finished sixth overall for the Braves with a round of 96 while Tiger Carli Nance was a spot behind, tying for seventh overall with Northfield’s Emma Wynn on 97.

Just missing the top-10 cut was Maconaquah’s Brianna Smitley, who finished in a tie for 13th on 101, followed by Holly Householder, who tied for 17th with a round of 104.

Alaina Simmons completed the team scoring for the Braves with a round of 129 with Monica Moore not far behind on 132.

Maconaquah head coach Ashley Sutton said the girls did not have their best round but was pleased to see three golfers either be close to or earn conference honors.

“The girls played okay,” Sutton said. “There are definitely some places that we can improve, so we are happy that we came away with third, which is where we thought we would place.

“We’re proud of Renae earning All-TRC honors and hope that’s something she can continue to build on next year. Holly and Brianna were both close and those are spots we’re going to shoot for next year.”

Opal Polk and Isabella Ingalsbe finished a spot away from the other with rounds of 109 and 111 for Peru with Kayla Nance not far behind on 115. Medora Oliver shot 130 as well for the Tigers.

Peru head coach Clint Matthews felt the team had a good round after battling the morning chill.

“The conditions were pretty tough today,” Matthews said. “It was pretty cold when the girls teed off today and the first nine holes were a bit of a challenge because of the temperature.

“We’re proud of Carli, who just missed out on an All-TRC place last year, so it was exciting to see her earn that. She struggled a little bit on the back nine but close out the last four holes very well.

“Opal played the best golf she has every played and we’re proud of her and the rest of the girls,” Matthews added.

North Miami was paced by Samantha Weidner, who shot 128. Allie Miller carded a 140, followed by Isabella McBride on 142, Jackie Hone on 143 and Taylor Anderson on 172.

Warrior head coach Holly Spin said the team handled the round well despite changes to the lineup and a lack of experience playing tournament golf.

“The girls did well,” Spin said. “A couple of the girls had personal best rounds, which is great as only two of the five girls had ever played 18-holes before.

“They girls handled the pressure well. For some of the girls, it helped them up their game a little bit.”

The girls’ golf season reaches its apex this week as the Western Sectional will be held Friday morning and each Miami County team still has matches to play.

North Miami hosts Southwood and Wabash Tuesday night before Friday’s sectional with Spin pleased with the response of the team to Saturday’s round, noting the team had found the confidence to approach each round without worrying about everything going on around them.

“The girls are excited about sectionals,” Spin said. “They’re not too nervous as they’ve gotten past the stage of being nervous at matches.

“They’re improving, learning and growing every week as golfers.”

Peru also faces a pair of TRC team, traveling to Rochester to play against the Zebras and Northfield with Matthews wanting the team to use the match as a springboard into the sectional.

“We want the girls to use the match to improve a little bit more between now and Friday,” Matthews said. “We’re looking to see if we can peak at the right time.”

Maconaquah originally had three matches scheduled before Friday’s sectional.

Monday’s match with Eastern was pushed to Tuesday, changing the dual match with Kokomo to a three-way. The Braves travel to Pioneer Wednesday before the sectional Friday.

Tuesday’s match was of particular importance to Sutton as the match was held at the sectional course, Chippendale, which gave the team an extra chance to play on part of the postseason course.

“We’re going to compete our best during the match but it is a chance for us to get another practice round in out there,” Sutton said. “Playing there before sectionals is definitely to our advantage.”

At Norwood GC

TRC Girls’ Golf Match

Manchester 371, Northfield 401, Maconaquah 430, Peru 432, Wabash 436, Rochester 456, Whitko 488, Tippecanoe Valley 539, North Miami 553, Southwood INC

Medalist — Eichenauer (Man) 87

All-TRC Golfers (Top 10) — Eichenauer (Man) 87, (tie) Kendall (SW), Kissell (Man), Little (Man) 93, Carillo (W) 95, Stoll (Mac) 96, (tie) C. Nance (Peru), Wynn (NF) 97, Barnett (Man) 98, (tie) Springer (SW), Stout (NF), Deeter (NF) 100

Maconaquah Scores — Stoll 96, Smitley 101, Householder 104, Simmons 129, Moore 132

Peru Scores — C. Nance 97, Polk 109, Ingalsbe 111, K. Nance 115, Oliver 130

North Miami Scores — Weidner 128, Miller 140, McBride 142, Jones 143, Anderson 172