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As the Columbus North and Columbus East girls golf teams prepare for sectional play Saturday at Greensburg, they met at Harrison Lake Country Club for a crosstown matchup.
The 17th-ranked Bull Dogs got past the No. 14 Olympians 162-178 in a meet that saw both teams work on improving their game. North shot its best score of the year.
“It’s a good step moving towards sectional Saturday,” North coach Scott Seavers said.
“We didn’t play our best today,” East coach Troy Buntin said. “We haven’t been playing very good golf the past couple of weeks, but we’ve been working hard to try to improve and make strides for (the) sectional.”
East struggled early on the course before settling in to play better at its game.
“Some of our girls had a rough first two holes,” Buntin said. “They almost all played stronger on the last seven holes tonight.”
North junior Sydney Anderson won medalist honors with a 36. She was followed by teammate Morgan Deis, who shot 40.
“I felt very comfortable today,” Deis said. “I was striking the ball really well. I’m excited for Saturday. I like the course in Greensburg and feel like we’re playing well as a team right now.”
East was led by senior Caroline Smith, who shot 40.
“I’m a little disappointed with my play today,” Smith said. “My short game was all right, but I couldn’t find the greens or fairways. I feel better about Saturday. My scores are stronger at Greensburg.”
It was senior night for North, and seniors Lauren Backmeyer and Sam McQueen played consistent golf, both on the way to shooting 43.
“I’m pretty happy with my score,” Backmeyer said. “I think this was a pretty good round for us as a team. I’m excited for Saturday. We’ve played the Greensburg course earlier this season, and we’re very comfortable there. I think we’ll do really well.”
Aubrey Smith carded a 44 for the Bull Dogs. Holly Anderson added a 46, while Madison Pearson shot 48, Madison Smith had a 51 and Madelin Neal finished with a 53.
East juniors Abby and Maggie Frazier shot 44 and 46. Rebecca Smith carded a 48, Megan Hashimoto added a 50, Kaitlyn King shot 51, Nicole Bodi had a 54 and Emily Dial finished with a 58.
“I got off to a rough start today,” Maggie Frazier said. “After that, I settled down and played better.”
North and East both are excited to begin sectional play Saturday at Greensburg Country Club. North will play a dual match today at Greensburg.
“It’s nice getting to play the course again at the meet (today),” McQueen said. “We’ll get to see the course before we play sectional Saturday.”
“Greensburg is a fair course and will be a good course to play sectional on,” Seavers said. “I expect the girls to be ready and confident and think we’ll do well.”
The top three teams in the sectional and top three individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the Sept. 28 New Castle Regional.
“Our girls are familiar with the course in Greensburg and comfortable with it,” Buntin said. “I think if we play to the best of our abilities we have a chance to be strong at sectional.”
“If we have a strong practice Friday, I think we’ll be all right for Saturday,” Abby Frazier said. “We’re expecting to move on to regional.”
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