ELC girls finish fourth at Sibley
SIBLEY – While Spirit Lake winning the Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational almost seems like a foregone conclusion, Estherville Lincoln Central stepped up its play in a three-way fight for second place.
Seven strokes separated the second through fourth place and while ELC ended up in fourth place, the 209 was a big improvement.
“The girls took a big step tonight,” said ELC coach Kevin Richardson. “Taylor Heinrichs broke into the 40s with a season low 46 and Aryn Ward had a season low score of 50.
“This is where Taylor can be every night. It is exciting to see her getting down at this point of the season with the conference tournament coming up and then districts.
“Aryn played very well. It would be great to see her break into the 40s also.”
The top 10 golfers medaled in the meet with Heinrichs placing fifth overall while Ward place sixth.
Also for ELC, Paige Hoffmeyer shot a 45 and ELC had a choice of 57s from Rachel Lausen and Raeanna Muller.
Spirit Lake won the meet with a 183 followed by Okoboji with 202, LeMars with 204, ELC with 209, George-Little Rock with 222, Central Lyon with 224, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sibley-Ocheyedan each with 227, Western Christian with 241 and Cherokee with 251.
“I am proud of the team’s scoring this week and the competitiveness,” Richardson said. Tonight seven strokes separated second through fourth place; it was a good tight race with Okoboji and LeMars. Okoboji will be one of the top teams at our district meet so it was nice to see we can hang with them.”
Spirit Lake scores
Spirit Lake had four golfers in the top 10. Leah Hilpipre shot the low score of 41. Maureen Owens shot a 46 while Emily Ayres and Whitney Berkland each shot a 48.
Non-counting scores for Spirit Lake were a 51 by Hannah Weidemeier and a 56 by Lindsay Hamilton.