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Senior, freshman pace Bull Dogs to 3rd at invitational

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The Columbus North girls golfers improved by 17 shots over their season-opening score a week earlier, but came away with a third-place finish in Saturday’s Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational.

Evansville North won the tournament with a 296 at Champions Pointe. Evansville Memorial finished second with a 315, and the Bull Dogs were third at 318.

North coach Scott Seavers said he was proud of his team’s performance.

“They had a great day out there and put up some great scores,” Seavers said. “They were consistent throughout the match, and I was very proud of the way we competed today.”

Senior Sydney Anderson and freshman Danbi Kim each finished with rounds of 75 to lead the Bull Dogs.

“Sydney battled all throughout the day against tough competition,” Seavers said. “This kind of atmosphere and this kind of competition is absolutely perfect for her. Other than that one bad hole (a triple bogey on the No. 16), she played great.”

“I didn’t think I played my best out there,” Anderson said. “I had a lot of bad chips, and I missed many putts. That triple bogey really hurt me today.”

Seavers was once again pleased with Kim’s play on the course.

“Going out there on the course as a freshman and shooting a 75, that is just outstanding,” Seavers said. “She just keeps getting better and better as the season goes on.”

“I had some birdies on the 16th hole and on the first hole to really help me get my game going,” Kim said. “I was really proud of my round today.”

Kim said she does not let the pressure get to her competing against tough competition.

“I just try not to think about it,” Kim said. “We have a really good team, and my teammates can pick each other up if one of us struggles.”

“Danbi has been killing it out there on the golf course all season,” Anderson said. “She beat me in a match earlier in the week and she is definitely going to help this team out in a big way this season.”

Holly Anderson carded an 80, and Aubrey Smith scored an 88 to complete the scoring for the Bull Dogs. Julia Luken added a 105.

“I was proud of Holly staying focused out there,” Seavers said. “She got off to a great start, but hit a rough spot in the middle of her round, and I was glad was she was able to come back strong towards the end.”

“Aubrey played really smart golf,” he said. “She hit a lot of good shots and didn’t let anything bother her at all.”

Jennings County did not have enough golfers to score as a team. Kassi Whitehead had to withdraw because of an illness. Monica Ertel carded a 103, while Annie Wall added a 106 and Scarlett Smith had a 107.

Seymour finished 15th with a 458. Brittany Trimnell led the Owls with a 103, while Lauren James scored a 113, Janae Blackerby had a 118, Bailey Goble carded a 121, and Andrea Axsom shot 144.

“I don’t think they played to their full potential today,” Seymour coach Lakin Davis said. “Brittany played really good today given the conditions of the course.”

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