SEYMOUR — Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament mirrored the competition at Shadowood Golf Course on Monday between Seymour and Columbus East: tight.
In their second outing together in three days, East’s girls golf team pulled out a 190-192 edge over the Owls. The Olympians beat Seymour by four strokes for 18 holes at Valley View in Floyds Knobs for third place in the HHC.
East senior Lily Shelp tied with Owls freshman Bridget Marshall for medalist honors by shooting 43. Shelp pared three of the nine holes.
Battling illness, East’s Autumn Fateley posted a 45.
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“I was impressed with Autumn’s 45, she had a fever of 102 this morning,” East coach Troy Buntin said. “She wasn’t feeling well and gutted it out.”
Zoe Rangel’s card of 48 was next for the Olympians. Morgan Harrison shot 54, and Lauren Steinwedel totaled 65 to round-out the Olympians’ five.
“I’m really happy to see us competitive with a team like Columbus East,” Owls coach RaeAnn Wintin said. “This is so different from last year. Last year, the scores weren’t even close to even. It’s good to see how we’ve improved, and the girls see this and keep working.”
Buntin said that his team played well, but he wants to see more consistency as the postseason approaches.
“I just want to see us get better,” he said. “We have an 18-hole tournament this weekend at Cascades (Bloomington) and another we hope to play before sectional in Indianapolis. We’re down three 18-holes tournaments because of weather and course challenges. We’re facing an uphill battle a little bit.”
He said that he sees similarities between the Owls and Olympians this season.
“As a team, like Seymour, we’re a work in progress and improving,” Buntin said. “One hole, it’s a good drive, and the next, it’s not. The key is to get more consistent. With all the bad weather we’ve had, it’s hard to get in that consistent schedule. We’ve got a busy week (with three more outings) and we need to do our best playing on the fly with little practice time.”