HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Meadows medalist as Mounties place second in SAC

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Southmont’s Addison Meadows went nine strokes lower than the field with a 76 at the Crawfordsville Country Club in the Sagamore Conference meet on Saturday.

“I struggled with the first two holes mainly because of my grip,” Meadows said. “But after those two I just tried to fire through. Because in my mind I knew ‘I can do this and ‘I can win.’ And I persevered and played my game.”

The freshman led the Mounties (380) to a second-place finish behind Lebanon (354). The Tigers were led by three scores in the 80s, including an 85 from Audrey Patterson — the second lowest score of the meet.

“I think it a builds a lot (confidence), because she was struggling a little bit,” Southmont coach Bill Whalen said about Meadows. “She hit it well today and putted real well today. She has high expectations for herself and lofty goals and that’s fine.”

Macie Shirk shot a 91 and Bailey Barker a 100 to join Meadows on the first-team all-conference team.

“We had too many big numbers today,” Whalen said. “The funny thing is I look back and we won our invite with a 353. Conditions were tough, it was windy. If you look, scores were elevated.”

Taylor Grino fired a 113 and Stella Snook a 116.

North Montgomery finished in the top-half of the conference with a 441 to place fourth even after just coming back from a COVID-19 pause.

“Coming off a two-week layoff like we did with COVID, you don’t really know how they’re going to come out and play,” Charger coach Nick Johnson said. “Tough weather, tough conditions, tough golf course, I thought for the most part we played pretty well.”

The Chargers put four golfers on the all-conference second team. Grace Shrader fired a 108, while Grace Littell, Morgan Swick, and Ella Stultz all fired a 111. Maggie Yeager rounded out North Montgomery’s scoring with a 120.

“I’m happy for our seniors,” Johnson added. “Morgan Swick, Ella Stultz, both made second-team. And I know they’re not happy with it, but that’s a good thing. Grace Shrader played well as well as Grace Littell.”

Crawfordsville shot a 503, led by Carli Payne’s 113. McKenzie Wilson shot a 121, Christen Saunders a 131 and Nancy Blanchard a 138.

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