SYRACUSE — It was a perfect storm, of sorts, for the Wawasee girls golf team Thursday evening. The Lady Warriors played their only home match of the season and defended Maxwelton Golf Club by shooting a 194. The score was god enough to surprise Warsaw (201) and beat Memorial (206).
“That’s big,” said Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone when asked about his girls defending their home course. “The girls did a great job tonight, they really came through. Jadison (Rostochak) had a career best. She had been in kind of a slump. I think sometimes you go into a slump and then can turn it around in a big way and that’s hopefully what she’s doing.
“Zoe (White) was able to turn around and hung in there tonight after a rough showing at Bent Oak last night. Madison (Beaman) was solid for us tonight and Aubrey (Schmeltz) stayed strong.”
The Warriors did have on of their best rounds of the year. Beaman led the way with a 44, the second-lowest score of the match. Schmeltz signed for a 46 while Rostochak did hit a career best with a 47. White, who shot a 75 at Bent Oak on Wednesday, turned in a 57. Lesley Tayagua gave Wawasee a 60 in the No 5 spot.
Wawasee’s strong showing on the course should not come as a surprise, but what did surprise many was Warsaw’s off night on the links.
“The positive is that our emotions were in-check tonight,” said Warsaw head coach Tad Nieter, whose team has been averaging a 187 this season. “The girls did a good job of keeping their composure even though this past week has been a grind for them.
“Tonight was just, well, that’s golf. It’s odd because it seems like all five of our players are going through the slump right now. Which doesn’t happen often. I’m happy with seeing how the girls are handling it. It’s just one of those things where you have to grind your way through it.”
Warsaw was led by Izzy Ray’s 49. Delaney Wihebrink and Madelyn Ray both shot a 50. Madi Graham and Page Desenberg each shot a 52.
Memorial’s Courtney King was queen of the course on Thursday with medalist honors after shooting a career-best 39.
Wawasee (9-4, 4-1) will have a shot at getting a share of the Northern Lakes Conference title on Tuesday when they travel to take on Northridge and conference leader NorthWood at McCormick Creek in Nappanee. Warsaw (7-4, 1-3) will travel to play Plymouth on Wednesday.