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If one thing was obvious about the Greensburg Invitational, it was that the greens were causing problems for many of the 18 teams.

For Columbus North’s Sydney Anderson, that didn’t pose as a threat at all. Anderson put up an impressive score for the Bull Dogs season opener, carding a 71 to earn medalist honors and lead the Bull Dogs to the team title with a 335.

“I was real excited to see how the girls would respond with it being their first meet of the season,” North coach Scott Seavers said. “Sydney came in extremely strong and battled well, and everyone played extremely well after a sort of bumpy front nine.”

Anderson’s sister, Holly, shot 80 to take fourth overall, while Danbi Kim finished ninth with an 88. Aubrey Smith scored a 96, and Madissen Pearson shot 100.

“We had points where we had shots get away from us,” Seavers said. “There were moments where we three-putted where we shouldn’t have, but we know we can fix those little issues.”

Sydney Anderson said the nerves got to her early, but she was able to get past that to have a solid finish.

“I had an up-and-down day,” Sydney Anderson said. “At the ninth hole, I hit two trees and ended up bogeying two straight holes, but I was able to bounce back and get a decent score in the end.”

Holly Anderson said after finishing fourth, she had one goal in mind: to beat Sydney.

“You can always do better,” Holly Anderson said. “I need to work on my tee shots and be able to shoot in the 70s, but that comes in time, so there’s much to improve upon.”

Columbus East finished second with a 344. Rebecca Smith took third individually with a 79, followed by Abby Frazier, who was fifth at 83. Nicole Bodi shot 90 while Maggie Frazier had a 92 and Megan Hashimoto carded a 96.

East coach Troy Buntin said little mistakes are what set the team back.

“We made a lot of short game mistakes,” Buntin said. “We know we can fix those mistakes. We won this tournament last year but finished second at sectional (also at Greensburg), so we’re hoping to improve on how we did today to change the result this postseason.”

But after getting the first meet out of the way, Buntin said there is much to be excited about.

“I saw a lot of positives,” Buntin said. “We got the first tournament jitters out of the way. There are a lot of opportunities for improvement, but you have to give your hat off to North for having such a good tournament.”

Smith said having a high finish gets her hopeful for the rest of the season.

“I was pretty happy with the way I played,” Smith said. “I had some really good shots, so I am proud of the way that everything went for me today. I’m real excited for the rest of the season.”

Abby Frazier said her front nine was what hurt her the most.

“I started out playing bogey golf,” Abby Frazier said. “I was able to turn it back around and put up a decent score, but I know I can get better.”

Jennings County finished eighth with a 411. Kassi Whitehead finished with the team low at 91, while Monica Ertel carded a 100, Scarlett Smith had a 109 and Annie Wall finished at 111.

“With it being so early in the season, there were some things we need to work on,” Jennings coach Kellie Hensley said. “We need to work on our putting and keep improving to meet our goals this season.”

South Decatur finished 17th with a 515. Lydia Wolterman shot the team low at 108, followed by Olivia Clarkson and Shelby Vannatta at 119 and Kyley Caperoon at 169.

“We have a young squad,” South Decatur coach Josh Grossman said. “We could have been better, but this is a good sight on what we can do to improve toward the end of the year.”

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