After two matches on the road, the Litchfield girls golf team was finally on the fairways of their home course on Wednesday, Sept. 2, as they hosted Carlinville and Greenville.
Home would be pretty sweet for the Purple Panthers, who improved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Carlinville and Greenville. Litchfield would shoot a 182 on the day, good enough to beat the Cavies by 19 and Greenville by 87.
Laura Boston would continue her strong run of play as she took medalist honors for the third straight match. The Litchfield sophomore would shoot an even-par 37 on the day, nearly scoring a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth hole.
Carly Guinn would give Litchfield a solid number two score with a 6-over-par 43. Guinn’s round was the third best individual score of the day, behind only Boston and Carlinville’s Elsa Mefford.
Litchfield also had the fourth best score as Hailey Rentz broke 50, finishing with a 48 on the day. Alyssa Loyd would add in a 54 for the fourth scoring round, which would have been the third best score for Carlinville and the best score for Greenville.
In addition to the four scorers, Lauren Monke and Charlotte Gardner also got their first taste of varsity play. Monke would shoot a 59 in her debut, while Gardner added a 62. Olivia Fleming and Izzy Ray would get some swings in as JV players, with Fleming carding a 57 and Ray finishing with a 71.
Wednesday’s round was the third straight that the Lady Panthers had shot under 200 as a team and their 182 was 19 strokes better than their best team score at home last year, a 201, with the same general core of players.
The Panthers will look for continued improvement this week as they host Roxana, Greenville and Vandalia on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
September 2 at Litchfield
Litchfield Country Club - Par 37
Girls Golf Team Results: Litchfield 182, Carlinville 201, Greenville 269.
Medalist: Laura Boston (L) 37.
Litchfield (182) - Laura Boston 37, Carly Guinn 43, Hailey Rentz 48, Alyssa Loyd 54, Lauren Monke 59, Charlotte Gardner 62. JV: Olivia Fleming 57, Izzy Ray 71.
Carlinville (201) - Elsa Mefford 41, Marlee Whitler 50, Peyton Drew 54, Bridgid Dunn 56, Megan Dunn 58, Sophie Ruffatto 75.
Greenville (269) - Abby Weiss 61, Rachel Ronat 62, Ally Schaub 73, Stella Lagerman 73.
Records: Litchfield (5-0).