It wasn’t the win they were looking for, but the Chargers live to see another day.
Carroll finished third Friday at the East Noble Girls Golf Sectional at Cobblestone Golf Course in Kendallville, falling just five strokes behind runner-up Columbia City. Underdog Concord — who Carroll beat by three strokes on the front nine of the same course Sept. 4 — ended up with the title, shooting a 324 and claiming the top two individual medals.
“I’ve been watching their numbers the last few weeks, and both (Columbia City and Concord) were continually getting better,” Carroll Head Coach Bryan Koehlinger said. “We played Columbia City this week and lost to them by 1, so I knew it was going to be a fight to the end.
“Obviously we were looking for a win, but 324 is a pretty good number to beat, and that’s (Concord’s) school record that they beat, so good for them.”
The Chargers’ goal Friday was to shoot a 335. They ended up with a 348 to Columbia City’s 343 after shooting a 176 on the front nine — six strokes over their performance at Cobblestone two weeks prior.
“We struggled on the front, but we were able to make up some ground on the back side too,” Koehlinger said. “They knew they hadn’t played their best, and I just told them when they came off the nine, ‘Hey, hit the reset button. It’s another nine. You’ve got to just go into it as though it’s another day,’ and they did.”
Freshman Marissa GeRue led the Chargers on the front nine, posting a 37 — just one over par for that section. Senior Tiffany Chin had a team-best 41 on the back. GeRue finished with an 80, and Chin shot an 85. Also scoring for the Chargers were senior Emily Linder (91) and sophomore Maria Krotov (92). Junior Tori Straley, playing in the fifth spot, finished with a 96.
Temperatures dipped into the 50s during the tournament, and the strong winds were reflected in team scores.
“We didn’t play our best — the girls know that — but we also had a lot of different playing conditions than we’ve never had as well. We hadn’t had to play with coats and gloves, so that definitely played into some of it at the beginning, but that’s the case for all the kids,” Koehlinger said.
Concord’s Isabelle Brunner and Brooke Watson each shot a 74 on the afternoon to share the individual championship.
Carroll, Columbia City and Concord all move on to the East Noble regional, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Noble Hawk Golf Club.