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East golfers top Whiteland, Greenfield-Central

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The Columbus East girls golfers didn’t have their strongest performance Tuesday, but it was still good enough to pull out a victory.

The Olympians shot a team score of 180 at Otter Creek to win the three-team meet against Whiteland (216) and Greenfield-Central (226).

East senior Abby Frazier and sophomore Nicole Bodi each shot 44 to tie for medalist honors.

Frazier said the weather played a factor in the scoring.

“I got a lot colder as the match went on, but I did not want to wear a jacket towards the end,” Frazier said. “It would have been extremely hard for me adjusting my swing if I put a jacket on.

“I hit my driver OK, but my putting cost me some shots,” she said. “I three-putted and four-putted (on Holes 7 and 8) that I made double bogeys on. One thing that I will work on more is my iron shots. I was not getting the ball close to the flagstick, which led me to having to hit those three- and four-putts.”

Bodi agreed with her teammate about the weather conditions.

“The cold did not really affect me as much, but the wind really did,” Bodi said. “On hole (No.) 3, especially where I had to hit over the water, I had to basically go one club up from what I normally hit. There were times where I had to lay up instead of going for the green because of the windy conditions, and it prevented me from attacking as much as I wanted to.”

“I think the girls were not as prepared for the coldness tonight,” East coach Troy Buntin said. “They probably did not check the forecast before heading out. The wind was swirling, and conditions were very difficult, and this is a golf course that is not very forgiving.”

Despite the conditions, Buntin was pleased with Bodi’s effort.

“I thought Nicole did a really good job tonight,” Buntin said. “She made some good chips and some good putts. Her game is getting more and more steady, and she is put up a great score for us tonight.”

Rebecca Smith carded a 46, highlighted by a birdie on the third hole. Maggie Frazier also scored a 46 to complete the team scoring. Megan Hashimoto added a 54, and Zoe Rangel had a 55.

“Overall they hit some good shots and then hit some bad shots and were inconsistent,” Buntin said. “The girls will get things dialed in though as the season progresses.”

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