It was a historic day for the NorthWood girls golf program Wednesday.
The No. 23 Panthers produced their first-ever team championship in the Plymouth Invitational.
NorthWood, playing on the Plymouth Country Club course where their coach Adam Yoder learned to play the game from his grandmother Jane Mannan, edged past perennial power Penn.
The Panthers had all five of their players finish in the top 16 among individuals in shooting 369 to top the 13-team field. No. 14 Penn finished just one shot back at 370. It was also the first time that the Panthers have defeated Penn in a girls’ golf tournament.
“This was a complete team victory and we’re thrilled with he depth we’re displaying this early in the season,” said NorthWood coach Adam Yoder.
Linnzie Richner led the way for the champion Panthers with a round of 88.
Summer Stillson shot a 90 and Rachel Beebe came in with a 93 for the balanced Panthers. Madison Richner shot 98 and Baillie Richner 99 for NorthWood.
Both the Warsaw and Wawasee girls golf teams hovered around the top of the team leaderboards at a pair of invitationals Wednesday.
At the Plymouth event, Alexis Manwaring landed in sixth place on the individual board and Warsaw notched third overall as a team with a 392 team score.
Wrapping up scores for Warsaw were Paige Desenberg at 100, Aarshia Jain at 101, Kristen Watson at 102 and Maddie Graham at 106.
Tippecanoe Valley took part in the Plymouth Invitational but were a player short of scoring an official mark. Victoria Biddle shot 107, Elizabeth VanMetter 116 and Jordan Krotke 138 for the Vikings.
Cassidy Jurkaites of Penn took individual medalist honors at Plymouth with a round of 85.
Wawasee took its talents to the Huntington Invite and finished second at the 12-team grid at LaFontaine Golf Club. Bishop Dwenger earned the team title with a 354 score and Homestead were third at 363.
Wawasee’s top score also fielded a sixth-place spot, an 80 by Mikala Mawhorter. Elizabeth Jackson carded a 90, Kylee Rostochak and Kamryn Foy both had 93 and Aubrey Schmeltz finished at 106.