NEW PARIS — On Saturday, Aug. 24, National Trail’s girls golf team traveled to Lakeland GC to play in the very strong Miami East Invitational.
Of the 14-team field, six will play in the same sectional tournament and three others are Division I schools ,making this the best fields the team has played in this year, according to Trail coach Gene Eyler.
In addition, Lakeland is a hilly course with tree-lined fairways, a tricky layout, many water hazards and temperatures in the 50’s at tee time. Despite all this, the team came away with its second lowest 18-hole score of the year, shooting a 371, to earn second place.
Thus far, in the five invitationals, the team has finished with two first places, a second place and a pair of third place finishes.
Senior Captain Makenna Jones again showed her experience and strong play to card a 2-over par 74. This earned her the second place individual score, missing by just 1-shot for a tie.
Katelyn Hines shot a 41 on the front nine (her low nine for the year) and ended with a 94.
Cait Gilland played through some discomfort in her back finishing with a 97.
Brooklyn Middleton lowered her personal best 18-hole score again with a 106.
Avery Rutan played a solid round, including a closest to the pin award on one of the par 3 holes, to post a 121.
“The girls came into this tournament with a determined mind set to post a strong score in a very good field of teams. I think they accomplished their goal with outstanding play,” Eyler said. “At tee off time, it was very chilly, the greens were wet with dew and had not been mowed. The girls adjusted to this very well, kept their composure throughout the day and posted an excellent score for this course. I could tell in their faces that they were very proud (as am I) of their accomplishment.”
Trail was scheduled to return to action on Monday, Aug. 26 with a home CCC match against Franklin-Monroe. On Tuesday, they were scheduled to play D-I opponent Edgewood.
Also this week, the Blazers will travel to play another D-I program, Northmont, at Meadowbrook GC, in Clayton, at 4 p.m. Thursday.