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Paige Slabaugh took her time lining up the winning putt during a playoff with Wilton’s Alyssa Anderson at the Golden Hawks’ home invitational on Thursday, April 20 at the Kalona Golf Course.
“It was super nerve-racking, because on nine, I had just missed a putt that was the exact same length,” she said.
“I was pretty sure that I was up one stroke. I just took a lot of time to read it and make sure that it was going in.”
Slabaugh finished with a career-low 89 strokes to earn the meet medalist title.
“My chipping struggled on the front nine,” Slabaugh said. “(Coach) Tracy (McArtor) just pulled me aside halfway through and said, ‘hey, take your time, you’ve got this.’
“So I turned around and shot a 42. The chipping came together really well and the putting. We’ve been practicing for two weeks now and it just all came together at once.”
Mid-Prairie finished fourth out of nine teams with an 18-hole score of 414. Fairfield edged Wilton 398-399 to take first place.
“I was so pleased with how the kids performed today,” McArtor said. “Every one of the girls posted either a nine-hole or 18-hole personal best for the year, and in some cases career lows.”
Slabaugh matched the best nine-hole score of her career, shooting a 47 over the first nine holes, and followed it up with just 42 strokes on the back nine.
Senior Lindsey Palmer entered the day with a nine-hole average of 55, but shot a pair of 51s to finish with a career-low 18-hole score of 102. Abbi Patterson had a season low 53 on the back nine, finishing with 113 strokes. Oliva Nisly equaled her season low nine-hole score with 54 on the front nine, also finishing with 113. Kenzie Bontrager had her best nine holes of the season on the front nine, shooting a 57 on the way to a final score of 120. Emma Mattes also shot her season low on the first nine holes with 59 strokes. She finished with 122 for the day.
Golden Hawks beat Wilton in Riverside
Competing at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, the Mid-Prairie girls’ golf team edged out Wilton for a River Valley Conference victory 222-225.
“This was a good win for the girls on a hard golf course,” head coach Tracy McArtor said. “Blue Top definitely will push your scores up a bit and to post a 222 against the team that finished 2nd in our home invite last week was great work by the kids. This was the first opportunity we’ve had to play the ball down this year and the toughest greens we’ll also play, so I was really pleased with the outcome.”
Paige Slabaugh and Lindsey Palmer tied for the team lead and meet medalist honors for the meet. Abbi Patterson (58) and Olivia Nisly (60) completed the team score.
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