ELKHART – Momentum is everything when heading into the postseason. While nothing is a guarantee for Saturday’s Northern Lakes Conference tournament, Wawasee is feeling confident after picking up some momentum by edging out two NLC foes on Thursday night.
Wawasee used two sub-40 scores to help tally a 162 in its match at Bent Oak Golf Club to pull out wins over Concord (164) and Elkhart Memorial (169).
“We’ve had kind of a tough road schedule this season,” said Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone. “There’s usually three courses that are more difficult than the rest of the NLC and we had to go to all three of them, Stonehenge, McCormick Creek and here (Bent Oak).”
Despite traveling to those daunting courses, the Warriors still managed to pick up three combinded wins against the five teams they played. Last Tuesday Wawasee notched a win over Warsaw at Stonehenge before dropping two conference matches to Plymout and NorthWood at McCormick Creek earlier this week. After the match at McCormick Creek, the season looked bleak at best for Wawasee, so Thursday’s performance was well received by Coverstone.
“This gives us some momentum going into conference,” Coverstone stated. “We just edged out both teams here today so we still have some work to do before Saturday but we feel good about where we are right now and will aim at improving more at the conference tournament.”
Tristen Atwood led Wawasee with a 38. The score was matched only by Concord’s Peyton Kime. Jeffrey Moore gave the Warriors their other sub-40 score by shooting a 39. The rest of the Wawasee squad was a little higher than what Coverstone would have like to see, but the scores were low enough to edge out the competition, which is all that really mattered on Thursday night.
Cal Heinisch finished with a 42, Mason Germonprez came in with a 43 and Rasmus Rich signed for a 46 to round out the top five for Wawasee. Memorial was led by Michael Foy’s 39.
Saturday’s conference tournament will be hosted by Elkhart Memorial and Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart.
In the junior varsity match Wawasee came out on top with its score of 201. Memorial finished with a 211 and Concord came in with a 215. Cameron Adams overcame hitting two shots out of bounds to score a JV match low of 46 for the Warriors. Brandon Buss finished with a 47 for Wawasee.