Girl golfers gain confidence

Elaina Erola, participating in her first varsity meet, shot a 105 versus the Elma Eagles. KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo

ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen dropped two golf matches last Tuesday and Wednesday against Elma and Woodland by scores of 271-286 and 227-368.

Golf coach Karl Johnson said of the effort at Elma, "Collectively it was our best meet of the year."

Against the Eagles Jennifer Noonan shot a 64, Megan Saunders 71, Lindsey Hylton 74, and Ali Daulton a 77 to make up Ilwaco's team total of 286 strokes. Elaina Erola, participating in her first varsity meet, shot a 105. Johnson said, "It was her first full round of golf ever."

He said of the Elma match, "I was quite pleased with everyone's scores." Elma shot 271 as a team and Annie Mahugh fired a 63 for the Eagles to earn medalist honors, edging Noonan by one stroke.

Woodland was another matter, as the Lady Beavers featured three girls who participated at the state golf tournament last season in compiling an excellent score of 227.

To compound matters, Ilwaco stalwart Megan Saunders was unable to compete because of illness according to the coach. The Lady Fishermen added 82 strokes to their team total against Woodland, compared to their efforts on the Oakridge Course near Elma.

Noonan again led the Lady Fishermen with a round of 74. Woodland's Hayley Drake shot an exceptional round of 51 at Surfside to win medalist honors. Jenny VanOver also participated for Ilwaco against Woodland.

After the two losses, the Ilwaco girls fall to 0-5 in Trico-League dual golf matches for the season.

Next week Ilwaco visits Hoquiam on Tuesday and hosts Montesano on Wednesday at Surfside. May 15 Ilwaco will travel to Ridgefield in a match that was rescheduled because of bad weather.

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