Trojan girls' golf team places third Tuesday
The Trojan girls’ golf team was “a little bit up and a little bit down,” according to head coach Joe Kruzich, at the Southeast Conference tournament Tuesday on the Fairfield Golf & Country Club course.
The Fairfield girls’ 460 score placed them third on their home course and was more than enough to beat fourth-place Keokuk (555). Mount Pleasant won the team title with a 396 and Washington came in second with a 424.
Freshman Lindsey Repp led the way for Fairfield with a 110, but fellow rookie Madelyn Swan was the surprise of the night shooting a 113.
“Lindsey was a little above what she would like to do. She thought she’d probably be closer to the high 90s, but overall I thought she handled it well for her first year,” Kruzich said. “And at No. 2, Madelyn was a big surprise. Her 53 on the back nine was the lowest nine holes of the day for us, and that bodes well for our future.”
Ashley Henkel shot a 116 to continue to play “the best golf I’ve seen her play since I’ve been here,” Kruzich said, and senior teammate Kristen Terrell also scored with a 121.
Freshman Abby Adam carded a 148 and senior Claire Slechta had a 160 as alternates.
Kruzich said it has been hard for his team to gain momentum this season due to the frequent cancellations, but he believes his golfers hold a wealth of untapped potential as they move into the postseason.
“It has been one of those years where it’s hard to gauge how much progress they’ve made. The best way to judge is the week they played a lot of golf. We really got momentum and hit our stride, and that shows what we are capable of,” he said.
The Trojans have more than a week off before the regional competition May 20 in Oskaloosa.