Fairfield golfers eighth at regionals
OSKALOOSA — The Fairfield girls’ golf team shot its best 18-hole round of the season Monday, finishing eighth out of 12 at a regional tournament on Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa.
Led by freshman Lindsey Repp’s 95, the peaking Trojans scored a 437 to end their season on a high note. Fairfield, which was extremely consistent with a 219 on the front nine and 218 on the back, also had scores from freshman Madelyn Swan (106) and seniors Kristen Terrell (118) and Ashley Henkel (118).
Cedar Rapids Xavier won the regional title with a 346. Mount Pleasant also advanced to state with a 387 score.
Repp shot a 50 on the front nine and a 45 on the back to finish with the 10th lowest score out of 65 golfers. Her 18-hole score was the lowest of her prep career, and the 45 was her best nine-hole round yet.
“I think [a day like today] had just been waiting in the wings for her. It’s almost like she said, ‘I’m tired of it, and I’m going to do what I do.’ She just had it going on today,” said Fairfield head coach Joe Kruzich.
“I think that back nine will be a great springboard into next season,” he added.
Kruzich said nerves seemed to get the best of Terrell and Henkel, who were playing their final golf tournament in Trojan orange and black. Both seniors shot in the 60s on the front nine before finishing in the 50s on the back.
“It was a little bit of nerves with them. I think they had a feeling it was going to be their last meet, but once they relaxed they played a bit better,” the second-year coach said.
As an alternate, freshman Abby Adam shot her lowest nine-hole score of the season, and she did it twice. Adam had a pair of 63s to finish with a 126 over 18 holes.
The Trojans’ season comes to an end with a 14-27 record — a tremendous improvement from the team’s three-win season last spring.
“I’m really proud of the way they all handled the season, and I’m happy with the way they came out today and played,” said Kruzich. “The freshmen are going to be a great base for the future, and I can’t begin to express how much the seniors meant to me.”