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ELC golf begins busy week at Cherokee

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Apr 29, 2021

CHEROKEE — The Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Golf Team finished in the middle of a Lakes Conference Triangular hosted by Cherokee on Monday.

The host Braves won with a 241 followed by ELC with a 255 and Western Christian with 276.

“The girls did a nice job tonight on a long and hilly course,” said ELC coach Kevin Richardson. “The par at Cherokee is 38 for girls which includes four par 5’s. That is long. Also the Cherokee course is the only course we play that has more hills than ours. On a warm day like today, it took a lot out of the girls walking those hills. We shot our low team score of the year; in part thanks to Maddie Norton who had a season low 66. We need our 3-6 players to get down in the 60s to really improve our team score.”

Emily Paulson led ELC with a 58 and earned runner-up medalist honors while Molly Ross shot a 59.

“Molly and Emily are doing a great job at one and two – they are very consistent which is unusual for such young players,” said Richardson.’

ELC’s fourth counting score was a 72 from Mary Carlin. Non-counting scores were a 74 by Caidynce Woodley and a 78 by Ally Irwin.

In junior varsity play, Kiera Dalen carded a 74 and Kaylyn Domek a 78.

On Tuesday, ELC played a 2-player best shot dual against Spirit Lake.

“Spirit Lake had one JV player and we had two, so we had them play a 3-player best shot to compete with the varsity teams,” said ELC coach Kevin Richardson. “It was cold and rainy but the girls had fun with the different format. Kiera and Kaylyn did a great job with their Spirit Lake partner to shoot a 48.  Mary and Ally had a great round with a 60; they played well together.

The teams of Molly Ross and Maddie Norton, and also Emily Paulson and Caidynce Woodley both turned in a 55.

Spirit Lake’s top two pairs both turned in scores of 48.

ELC is at the Okoboji View Golf Course today to play Spirit Lake, Cherokee, and Western Christian.

ELC will host a tournament on Friday with Emmetsburg, Spencer, and Spirit Lake.