North golfers roll in home opener

The Columbus North girls golf team put on a strong showing in its first home match of the season Monday night against Conference Indiana rival Perry Meridian at Harrison Lake Country Club.

The Bull Dogs picked up a 164-195 victory. Despite the low score, it could have been even lower.

“It was a good night, but we left a few strokes out there, but not bad,” North coach Scott Seavers said. “If you compare this score to the same time last year, we were at 173. So, we are on the right track.”

Danbi Kim led the Bull Dogs by firing a 38 to win medalist honors.

“It was still very good, but I think I could have done a little better,” Kim said. “I missed a lot of short putts that I know I could make. I did all right driving the ball as well as my iron shots, but it was the putting that got me.”

“Danbi has gotten off to a great start to the year and is putting up solid numbers for us,” Seavers said.

Julia Luken finished strong, as well. She had a birdie on the par-5 No. 4 to finish with a 40.

“I felt pretty good considering that all my drives were not so good,” Luken said. “I found a way to overcome that and make a comeback when I get up on the green and make all my putts.”

Holly Anderson carded a 42. Alex Munnicha shot 44 to round out North’s scoring.

“Alex is going to be steady for us this year,” Seavers said. “Holly will bounce back, and I have a lot of confidence in her. Aubrey (Smith) is going to keep working at it, and she will also provide good scores for us this year.”

Smith scored a 46, and Molly Donnell had a 51. Annie Anderson finished with a 50.

The Bull Dogs had opened the season with a fourth-place finish in a loaded field in Saturday’s Fall Preview at Prairie View, site of the state finals. With North having the same roster last year and off to a better start so far this year, it still has plenty of time to tune things up by the end of the season.

“We are starting out great so far, and we all need to continue to get better,” Luken said. “If we can do that, we can be a strong contender at state.”