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Hatter leads Jeff to Harrison Invitational victory
July 31, 2012Lafayette Jefferson High School
BATTLE GROUND— Lafayette Jeff’s girls golf team hoped to open the season with at least a fourth-place finish in Monday’s Harrison Invitational at Battle Ground Golf Club.
Instead, the Bronchos gave themselves a season-opening surprise.
Led by sophomore Samantha Hatter’s medalist effort and a career-low score from senior Lindsey Burkhardt, Lafayette Jeff won the 12-team tournament by 11 strokes.
“We were just trying to come out and try our best, and we came out and won it,” said Hatter, who overcame one bad hole to card a 76. “It’s a very big confidence boost. We don’t expect to win every time but we expect to come out and try our best.”
The Bronchos totaled 324, holding off Center Grove (335), Crown Point (336) and Penn (340). Central Catholic (361), Twin Lakes (380), West Lafayette (400), McCutcheon (410) and Harrison (418) also participated in the annual season-opening meet.
West Lafayette’s Rachel Ho (78) and Central Catholic’s Morgan Brown (79) also posted top-10 scores. But the Bronchos won on their depth, with Burkhardt (79), Abbie Carlsen (83) and Lindsey Burklow (86) rounding out Jeff’s score.
“I don’t think we’ve ever won this tournament, and it’s great to start out the season with a great score,” said Burkhardt, the Bronchos’ only senior. “There’s only up from here.”
Hatter sat at 4-under par with two holes to go before running into trouble on No. 16. She hit her first two shots out of bounds and she settled for a nine before finishing off her winning round.
Hatter picked up where she left off last season, when she had an eagle en route to a team-best score at the state meet.
“Oh my goodness, she’s unbelievable,” Burkhardt said. “We all kind of expect it from Samantha.”
Twin Lakes’ Taylor Russell (82), McCutcheon’s Hailey Harris (87) and Harrison’s Emily Lewellen (90) led their respective teams.