Lady Cubs 4th, Beasley tied for 3rd at Seymour Invitational
Madison’s Lady Cubs played in their second 18-hole invitational of the young golf season on Wednesday and shaved a whopping 26 strokes off their round compared to Monday’s season opener. Playing in the Seymour Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course on Wednesday, Madison shot a 392 to place fourth overall while senior Emma Beasley carded a 45-39-84 to finish tied for third individually and classmate Keegan Ehlers posted a 51-45-96 in her first competitive round of the season. “We showed some improvement today. Throwing Keegan in the mix helped us out as a team,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “She started off her senior year with a personal-best 18-hole score of 96 and I hope that is a sign of even better things to come from her. “Emma had to scramble a little bit today, and I am just waiting for her to bust loose,” Shockley added. “She’s showing some great maturity on the course, and I think that could translate into some low scores for her down the road.” Madison rounded out its team total with a 54-50-104 by junior Hannah Huff and a 56-52-108 by freshman Jenna Imel while second year player Destinee Sadler posted the Cubs’ third-best nine-hole split with a back-nine 49 en route to a non-scoring 63-49-112. “Hannah continued to hit the ball well. It just hasn’t translated into low scores for her, yet. But if she keeps playing consistently, I know she can get into the 90s, too. I’ve been really impressed with her ball-striking so far,” Shockley said. “Jenna had another solid outing for a frosh with little competitive experience. She has nerves of steel and wants to get better. Destinee is determined to get into the 90s this year. “Overall, we showed some signs of life out there,” Shockley added. “The girls showed some passion today. Nobody played a complete round, and we had to grind it out some. But, I think that could be a good thing. Every Lady Cub is looking to play their best in their own way. I was really proud of them today. We just have to keep plugging.” While Madison fielded a full team, Shawe Memorial was able to send only one player to the invitational as Katie Hertz carded a 50-47-97 while playing as an individual after shooting a low-medalist round at Sunrise Golf Course in the Hilltoppers’ season opener on Monday. “Katie was straight off the tee all day and she had her putter working early on,” Shawe coach David Hertz said. “As the greens got faster though, she had a harder time adjusting. She was only five over after seven holes, but fatigue started to play a factor and it showed in her iron game - it took us about six hours to get around today. I expect her conditioning to improve quite a bit the more we play.” Bedford North Lawrence won the invitational with a 346 to runner-up North Harrison’s 370. Seymour’s A team shot 377, Madison had the 392 and Brownstown Central a 406. Seymour B team shot 505 and Seymour’s C team carded a 593. Bedford’s Taylor Norman carded a career-best 36-37-73 that was good for low medalist honors by 10 strokes over runner-up Hallie Hinton of North Harrison. Beasley and Bedford’s Taylor Chase tied for third at 84 while North Harrison’s Cassidy Thompson rounded out the top five with an 85. Madison now plays its home opener today against Jennings County at Sunrise Golf Course in Madison while Shawe will be back in action Friday in a five-team match hosted by Southwestern at Butler Falls Golf Course in Hanover that also includes Switzerland County, South Ripley and Borden.