Bull Dogs beat blahs, Southport

The Columbus North girls golf team had a tough time shaking off a case of the Monday blahs but still managed to down visiting Southport 175-217 at Harrison Lake Country Club.

North coach Scott Seavers said the Bull Dogs’ mental focus was lacking a little bit during the nine-hole, Conference Indiana match.

“We are more mentally focused playing 18 holes as opposed to nine holes,” Seavers said. “Usually Mondays are always hard to play nine holes because the players have to get refocused after being at school for eight hours and then homework.

“It was not our best stuff today, but we will get in some practice this week and be ready to go Saturday (for the Bloomington South Invitational).”

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The bright spot for the Bull Dogs was the play of sophomore Molly Donnell, who shot a career-low, nine-hole score of 42. That was good for medalist honors.

Donnell worked past being tense to get the job done.

“It felt really nerve-racking, honestly, because I wanted to stay consistent and get a good score,” Donnell said.

She might be facing those low-score nerves in the future because she has been working hard to improve her game.

“I put a lot of time practicing over the summer,” she said. “I try to practice whenever I can. I have been playing a lot with my family.”

Seavers celebrated the fact Donnell’s hard work paid off.

“She has worked a lot over the summer and all season long to get to this point,” he said. “I liked seeing her coming through with a great score. Being the medalist is just a feather in her cap. She deserved it.”

Also for the Bull Dogs, Holly Anderson and Aubrey Smith each finished at 44 while Danbi Kim and Alex Munnicha each shot 45. Julia Luken carded a 48.

With the Bloomington South Invitational coming up Saturday, Seavers will have the Bull Dogs working on some specific areas.

“We are doing to do a lot of chipping,” he said. “We are going to work on our short shots and our putting. Once we get that fixed, we will head to driving range.

“If we put in a solid practice this week, we will be ready.”