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Franklin County girls golf off to quick start

Pictured is the 2019-20 Franklin County High School golf team, winners of the Richmond Invitational golf tournament on Monday. The Lady Wildcats wound up one stroke better than the host Red Devils, 359-360. FC followed Monday’s win with a runner-up finish at an invitational at Union County. From left: Head coach Marisa Mears, Gracie Graf, Camryn Brewer, Taylor McCreary, Maggie Brack, Ashlan Hilland assistant coachKendyl Brack.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

Judging by the start from the Franklin County High School girls golf team, it’s probably safe to say that the Lady Wildcats aren’t rebuilding from the Fall of 2019 ... they’ve reloaded.

That comes as little surprise, considering that head coach Marisa Mears has all but one girl back from last year’s team, a squad that was the runner-up at the Richmond sectional.

In that postseason meet, FC wound up 35 strokes behind the host Red Devils.

It looks like the two teams could duel once more for that crown this year, and that it could be much closer this time around.

On Monday, the Wildcats traveled to Richmond for an invitational at Elks Golf Course to kick off the season, and returned home with a one-stroke win over the Devils, 359-360.

“Going into the season, I knew that we had a lot of talent coming back,” Mears said. “I have really been trying to get this team prepared mentally to go head to head with a Richmond team that matches up with us pretty evenly.

“Every stroke is going to matter when we play this team, and that was proven today.”

Camryn Brewer paced FC, finishing with an 86 through the 18-hole match. Maggie Brack and Gracie Graf were close behind at 88 and 89, respectively. Taylor McCreary followed with a personal best 96, and Ashlan Hill rounded out the scoring with a 113.

Connersville attended the meet as well, and finished with a score of 421, good for fifth place.

The Lady Spartans were led by Baylee Schneider’s 91. She was followed by Lydia Powell (93), Alexa Weber (108) and Kelli Caldwell (129).

On Tuesday, all three teams were in action again, this time at the Union County Invitational at Liberty Country Club.

This time, it was Richmond who wound up on top, beating Mears and her charges by a score of 347-358.

While the ‘Cats failed to pick up the win on Tuesday, there was some good to point out, Mears said.

“My team was able to put together another solid round and improve from the day before,” she said. “Anytime there’s improvement, no matter how small, a coach will always be happy.”

Brack and Graf were tops for the Wildcats, each turning in scores of 85. One shot off that pace, Brewer was consistent, matching her score from Monday at 86. McCreary and Hill carded scores of 102 and 107, respectively. 

Just as they were on Monday, the Lady Spartans were again in the fifth-place spot at Liberty, this time with a team score of 430.

Weber led CHS with a round 98, followed by Schneider (106), Caldwell (110) and Powell (116).

Host Union County had only three golfers, so it was unable to post an official team score.

Golfing for the Lady Patriots was Emma Kassens (99), Olivia Curry (102) and Kady Carmack (132).

Connersville is back in action Friday, traveling to Whiteland for another invitational. The Spartans are home for the first time on Monday, playing host to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville.

Franklin County travels to Greensburg on Saturday. They will then travel to Richmond for a key dual with the Red Devils on Monday.

Union County will host Cambridge City Lincoln and Tri-High on Friday.