DE PERE, Wis.—A career-best performance by Lindsey Wingender propelled the Marinette girls golf team to its fourth consecutive North Eastern Conference victory at Hilly Haven Golf Course.
Wingender shot the lowest nine-hole score of her career with a 40, four strokes over par, ending the round in style with a birdie on the final hole.
“It was a completely different player than we’ve been seeing lately,” Marines coach Abby Dufrane said. “She was smiling, having fun and trusting herself. She never got herself out of play.”
Wingender’s performance highlights another strong performance by Marinette, who have won all four of its NEC meets this season.
The Marines shot a combined 187 as a team, capturing first place by more than 15 strokes. Wrightstown finished second with a 206 while Fox Valley Lutheran brought up the rear in third after carding a 233.
“The girls played great and finally broke the 190 mark as a team. (Assistant coach) Taylor (Pedersen) and I both saw the girls having lots of fun out there,” Dufrane said. “The girls were confident in their ability and believed in themselves and that’s what made the difference.”
Hannah Chenier, also shooting her lowest round of the season, and Wrightstown’s Danielle Bruecker each shot a 46 to finish with the second-lowest score of the day behind Wingender.
“Hannah was in a groove all day. We let her keep trusting her abilities and it was so great to see so many areas click,” Dufrane said.
Kennedy Polomis recorded the third-lowest individual score with a 49.
“Kennedy mentioned that she had a few bad holes, but then she came back around and found a few pars. Those made a huge difference for her confidence throughout the rest of the round,” Dufrane said. “Not letting herself get down, even after a few bad holes, is exactly what kept her score in the 40s.”
Dalanie Langlois shot a 52, her highest score of the year, and Camryn Ferm finished with a 55 to round things out for the Marines.
“Dalanie struggled, but I believe that this will only fuel her to come back strong next week,” Dufrane said. “Camryn is extremely strong off the tee, so we will focus on her short game to prepare for Monday’s invite. I love seeing her analyze her shots to see what she needs to do to improve.”
Sopphie Stengel (51), Esme Moses (54) and Victoria Watzka (55) made up the other scores for Wrightstown.
The Foxes were paced by a 53 from Marley Gutekunst, with Mya Loberger (58), Joie Gutekunst (60), CJ Woosley (62) and Nobaly Grancoreirz (70) wrapping up FVL’s day.
Marinette shoots for it’s fifth straight NEC win when it travels to River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls on Monday. Tee-time is 10 a.m.
Team scores—Marinette 187, Wrightstown 206, FVL 233
Individual scores (Marinette)—Wingender 40, Chenier 46, Polomis 49, Langlois 52, Ferm 55.