MARINETTE — It was another day of cold, windy and rainy conditions out at Little River Country Club on Tuesday as the Marinette girls golf team faced off against two of the top squads in the North Eastern Conference in Wrightstown and Freedom.
Although the Marines turned in their best team score of the year so far with a 200, it wasn’t enough to keep up with their opponents as they tied with scores of 193.
“I’m super proud of how these girls played today,” Marinette coach Abby Dufrane said. “It was very bad weather today with the rain and the cold, and not once did I hear a complaint on the course. Some of our girls didn’t have their best round, but our bottom three really picked us up and we got a personal-best score and in this weather that’s something to be proud of. Freedom and Wrightstown are two very good golf teams and if a couple things go our way we’re right there with them.”
Dalanie Langlois and Lindsey Wingender — Marinette’s No. 1 and 2 golfer, respectively — each did not have their best game as Langlois carded a 44 with a few three-putts and Wingender came in with a 49, but as Dufrane told them, the beauty of golf is your round only lasts one day then tomorrow is a brand new opportunity.
“(Dalanie) and Lindsey didn’t score how they wanted to today but I said to them both ‘it’s just one round and nine holes, and we have 18 more holes to play this week, so let’s put this behind us and come back stronger (today),’” Dufrane said.
Stepping up in a big way for the Marines was the No. 5 golfer Jenna Margetta, who shot her best round of the season in some of the worst conditions, finishing her round with a 53 for the Marines’ third-best score.
“Every time I saw Jenna out on the course she was smiling, talking to her friends and just having fun,” Dufrane said. “She was really loose today, and when you can play a round of golf loose it’s amazing what that can do for your score.”
Rounding out the top-4 for Marinette was Camryn Ferm, who got into some water trouble on a few holes but still manage to salvage a 55, good for her best score of the season by two-strokes. Hannah Chenier’s 58 was thrown out, but after carding a 12 on one hole it took everything in her bag to regroup and stay under 60.
“Cam had some trouble on some holes but still shot her best score, and even though Hannah shot 58 she played eight holes of solid golf before struggling with that 12,” Dufrane said. “Consistency is key in golf and all five girls have been very consistent to start the season. Now, we shake this round off and come back (today) and Thursday and get back on track with two wins.”
Wrightstown’s Danielle Bruecke took home medalist honors with a 39 while Freedom’s Emma Laundrie (41) and Calie Berg (42) followed.
Marinette will travel to Northbrook Golf & Grill in Luxemburg today for a triangular with Fox Valley Lutheran and Luxemburg-Casco before hitting the road again on Thursday against Denmark at Twin Oaks Golf Course.
Team scores: Freedom 193, Wrightstown 193, Marinette 200
Marinette: Langlois 44, Wingender 48, Margetta 53, Ferm 55, Chenier 58