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Columbus North girls golf flashes potential with strong start to season
August 19, 2013Columbus North High School
It has been a good start to the season for the Columbus North girls golf team.
The Bull Dogs, ranked 17th in the most recent state coaches’ poll, are 2-0 in dual meets and have placed in the top three of two invitational events. CN opened its season with a second-place effort in the Greensburg Invitational at Greensbug Country Club. It followed with a third-place finish in the 18-team Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational last Saturday at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville.
“I was optimistic entering the season considering that we are returning four of our top five from last season,” Bull Dogs coach Scott Seavers said. “I’m also pleased that we have added four freshmen with a lot of potential.”
Seavers said he was a little disappointed in the 340 that the team posted at Greensburg, but he said the squad followed up with good showings in both dual meets (wins over Perry Meridian and Southport) and with a 329 at the Zoeller Invitational. Junior Sydney Anderson led the team with a high school career-best 72 there, while senior Sam McQueen carded a 79. Junior Morgan Deis and freshman Holly Anderson each added an 89, while senior Lauren Backmeyer had a 99.
“I was real excited for Sydney,” said Seavers, whose squad has three dual matches this week (Greenwood on Monday, Batesville on Tuesday and Jennings County on Thursday) concludes the month with the Roncalli Invitational on Aug. 31 at Smock Golf Course. “She played well all day, and she’s real close to shooting in the 60s. She is a special player.”
The coach also had praise for McQueen, Holly Anderson, Deis, Backmeyer, freshman Aubrey Smith and juniors Madison Smith and Madison Pearson.
“Sam will get steadier as she plays more and more, while I knew Holly had a lot of potential and she has come out on fire,” he said. “Morgan worked hard in the off-season and her best golf is ahead of her, while Lauren will get into a routine and compete well later in the season. Aubrey has progressed very quickly, while Madison Smith has been steady and Madison Pearson has made great strides. I feel our team will get better and better as the season goes on.”