Wildcat golfers improve shots
Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014
With the weather showing signs of improvement, the girls golf team was able to get out on the course and compete in two area matches.
On Thursday, April 10, the team traveled to compete at the Belle Fourche quadrangular, which included Belle Fourche, Lead/Deadwood and Spearfish. Cassidy Adam shot 62 and Marlee Schneider shot 58 after playing nine holes.
“It was a bit cool and windy, which gave them some trouble but they did pretty well. They played pretty quickly,” said coach Royed Hollick. “Cassidy really liked the course, which is good, since we have more playing time there.”
Hollick said both the girls were pleased with their scores, especially Adam.
“They have a great, positive attitude and they don’t let anything get them down,” he said. “They’re also very dedicated. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were shooting in the high 40s and 50s by the end of the season.”
On Tuesday, April 8, the two-person team competed at the Douglas Invitational, where they played 18 holes for the first time this season. For Schneider, it was the first time playing 18 holes in competition and the third time for Adam. Both girls shot 120, Schneider was 60 after the first nine holes and 60 after the second, while Adam was 62 and 58.
“A lot of the better varsity players were at a big meet in Pierre, so it was a younger group. The two weren’t too far off from earning a medal,” Hollick said.
The invitational had about a dozen teams competing, so the competition was all day long.
“They were tired afterwards, that’s for sure,” Hollick joked. “They had to walk more than they had been.”
Hollick said there were some areas of the course where they had trouble.
“Toward the end they were getting tired and losing concentration, so that will come with time. They need to get used to playing all 18,” he said. “They kept a good attitude and made some friends.”
Hollick also said the girls were impressed with their scores at the invitational.
“Cassidy was very happy with her results. She’s doing better each time,” he said. “The top girls were in the lower 80s and the 10th place finisher was a 97, so Marlee and Cassidy are only 20-some strokes away. That’s not too far.”
Hollick told Adam she would have to keep working at putting if she wants to better her numbers.
“She was shooting in the 150s last year, so she’s already doing better,” he said. “It will take time, but if she can drop one putt in 18 holes, that would bring her down to 102 and that’s only 20 strokes from where those top place girls were. She was pretty excited about that.”
“The girls still talk about going to the state meet,” Hollick added. “I don’t know if that will happen this year, but if they stay dedicated and play through the summer I think it will happen. We could have a very good golf team in a couple years.”
The golf team will hit the home course on Thursday, April 17, for a pre-Black Hills Conference invitation at Rocky Knolls golf course. On April 24, the girls will travel to Spearfish for a pre-region invitational.
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