By Gary Andrews
The girls’ golf season got underway this past week with three of the four county teams in action. Wabash got things going early in the week when they traveled to Peru, falling to the Tigers 186-243. Seniors Jordan Rauh (50) and Jaclyn Lewis (54) led the team at Peru Municipal golf course for the day. Juniors Payten Keffaber and Bayli Chenoweth rounded out the scoring with 64 and 75, respectively.
Mid-week, Wabash and Southwood went on the road to play in the Caston Invite. The youthful Lady Knights fired a team score of 378 to finish second behind Peru. The Lady Apaches finished fourth behind medalist Jordan Rauh, who won the invite with a career low 79. For Southwood, Abby Houlihan got a great start by setting new records for 9 and 18 holes with an 85 and a back nine of 39. Freshman Dayna Dale shot a 94 to place 7th in her first high school tournament. Danielle Sparling, Danielle Pegg and Paige Dempsey rounded out the scoring with a 99, 100 and 104 respectively. For Wabash, along with Jordan Rauh’s 79, Jaclyn Lewis fired (105), Payten Keffaber (129) and freshman Allison Bever (140).
On Thursday, Wabash traveled to Manchester, as the Lady Squires played their first match of the season. Behind medalist Jordan Rauh’s 42 the Lady Apaches defeated Manchester 213-249. Also scoring for Wabash was Darian Ryenolds with a 52, Peyton Keaffaber 57, Jaclyn Lewis 62 and Allison Bever 70. Claire Barnett led Manchester with a 50. Erin Working added a 56, Nina Smith 63, Gabbi Wilcox 80 and Madison Hire 84.
Also on Thursday, Southwood traveled to Madison Grant, picking up a win in their first dual meet of the season 194-245. Freshman Dayna Dale led the Lady Knights with a 42 after holing an 86-yard shot on hole #5. Abby Houlihan also added a great round with a 44. Rounding out the scoring was Danielle Sparling with a 52, Danielle Pegg with a 55, Paige Dempsey with a 56 and Shaylee Correll with a 61.
All four county teams are in action this week with the county tourney being held at Honeywell Golf Course Saturday.