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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Golden Hawks tested by wind but prevail

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Apr 02, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Mid-Prairie sophomore Abby Pickard watches her drive sail after she teed off. Pickard and the other Golden Hawk golfers battled the wind and the Wilton team on Monday, March 31 to a season-opening victory over their conference opponent at the Kalona Country Club.

Monday’s windy conditions weren’t just inflating open pockets of the jackets that the Mid-Prairie girls’ golf team were wearing. The blustery conditions also inflated the Golden Hawks’ scores. Fortunately for Mid-Prairie, the girls still managed to pull out the River Valley Conference victory over Wilton 223 – 244 at Kalona Country Club.
Golden Hawk sophomore Allyson Wertz led the way for Mid-Prairie, shooting a 54 which was also good for meet medalist honors.  Seniors Courtney Cayton and Mick VanWinkle shared runner-up honors with a 56. That score was followed by Sydney Scarff’s 57 and Laura Yoder’s 61. Sophomore Abby Pickard,  freshmen Cassidy Bender, Olivia Nisly and Lindsey Palmer also competed but due to weather were not able to complete their rounds.
“The kids did a great job of battling through the elements tonight. The wind was really brutal making it tough to figure out distance, and given the limited playing time they have had outside so far this spring, I was really pleased with how the girls played.  I thought if the kids could put together a number somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 to 225 strokes, that would be a great starting point for us and they did just that.  Allyson, Courtney and Sydney are picking up right where they left off last year and we’ll look to them to keep that consistency all year long. Mick, Laura and Abby having only a year of golf under their belts have made great progress in their games.  Our three freshman of Cassidy Bender, Olivia Nisly and Lindsey Palmer were able to get their feet wet given this was their first competitive meet and hopefully got rid of some butterflies they were feeling heading into the evening.  I saw a lot of good things from the girls and some little things that we’ll work on the rest of the week in preparation for next week’s meet at West Liberty. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and allow us the opportunity to stay outside now,” Mid-Prairie head coach Trace McArtor said.
When the Golden Hawk girls head to West Liberty to compete on Monday, April 7, they hope that the speed of the wind, and their scores, will both drop significantly en-route to another conference win.

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