WARSAW – After two weeks of meteoric rising, it was bound to happen that the golf gods would push back. Another scorching morning at Stonehenge pushed back at Warsaw, but the Tigers still managed another fine score in a dual against West Noble. Posting a 188, Warsaw finished well clear of West Noble’s 269.
Warsaw’s JV, golfing as a third ‘team’, shot a 262.
The Tigers didn’t have one of those sparkling scores like its had in the early going, but still had fine outings from its corps. Despite three penalties, Madi Graham led the way with a 44, adding a birdie on five and a pair of pars on the par-three third and seventh.
Page Desenberg recovered from a disastrous first two holes to shoot just five over her last seven holes to finish at 47. Delaney Wihebrink used some clever shots to save disaster on five and nine, notably a chip to within a few feet of the hole on nine, to finish her round at 48.
The Ray twins, Madelyn and Izzy, came in at 49 and 54, respectively.
With the start Warsaw has had to the season, including a 380 yesterday at the Canterbury Invite on a tough Chestnut Hills course, coach Tad Nieter is thrilled with the progress to date.
“The girls are really understanding how to attack these tournaments and the busy schedule,” Nieter said. “You could tell today the girls are starting to show a little of the constant golf we’ve played so far. But it also was pretty hot today, and you could see that wearing on them, too.”
West Noble’s top score came from Desenberg’s group, where Audrey Fulford posted a 53. Hannah Godfrey was one back at 54, then it dropped off to a 72 from Natalie Halferty and 90 from Amelia Shull.
“A lot of it is the hard work the girls put in over the summer,” Nieter said of the consistency in play from his program. “We’ve had a lot of girls mature in learning how to manage a golf course.”
Warsaw’s JV was led by a 57 from Grayson Kilburn and 61 from Madison Martz. Miriam Hagg shot a 70, followed by a 74 from Valerie Messmore and 78 from Ella Knight. Cassidy Good and Julia Hildebrand each post 68s as Warsaw extras.
“Today was great because we wanted them to see how the varsity approaches each hole,” Nieter said of his JV/varsity mix. “Not just always going up and blindly swinging a club. There is an approach to things, trying to place shots on the course. I wanted them to get a chance to get some practice in with purpose, and I think I saw some eyes open a little today.”
Warsaw will tee it up again Thursday at Stonehenge against Rochester and Triton, set for 5 p.m. West Noble will host Whitko and Wawasee at South Shore on Wednesday, a 4:30 p.m. start.