MARINETTE — In very windy, tough conditions at Little River Country Club on Thursday afternoon, the Marinette girls golf team shot some of its best rounds of the year thus far as the Marines won by three strokes.
Luxemburg-Casco and Oconto Falls joined the Marines and Mustangs at LRCC, and although this match did not count towards conference scores, it still should be a big confidence moving forward according to coach Abby Dufrane.
“Last week I said Tuesday’s round was the worst conditions the girls will ever have to play in, and I take that back now because today tops it,” Dufrane said. “The wind was howling out here today and even though some shots weren’t going where the girls wanted, they didn’t get too upset, stuck it out and got another win. Even though it isn’t a conference match, this should get the girls’ confidence up because chances are we won’t have to play in these conditions again.”
Lindsey Wingender turned in another great round to tie for medalist honors with Little Chute’s Karsen Hammen as both golfers carded a 43.
The Marines’ No. 1 golfer, Dalanie Langlois, struggled on some holes but still managed to come in with a 46, good for sole-possession of third place.
“Lindsey didn’t let the wind affect her at all and just played her game,” Dufrane said. “(Dalanie) had kind of a tough day. A few holes didn’t go her way, but she still did enough to help her team to a win. Golf is an individual sport when you’re on the course but there are also four other players on your team that have an opportunity to pick you up each round.”
Hannah Chenier continued on her trend of improving each round she plays as she carded a season-best 54 after participating in just her first practice of the season earlier in the week. The final score for the Marines was Camryn Ferm’s as she stayed around the scores of her first two rounds, coming in with a 58 for a team total of 201.
“Camryn started her round off with an 11 and was able to shake that off and come back with a solid round, and that’s not easy to do,” Dufrane said. “Hannah keeps getting better each round, and once she gets more comfortable with her longer lag putts she’s going to be able to cut a lot of strokes. All of the girls have the mental capability and the talent, we just need to put it into action.”
Finally for the Marines, Jenna Margetta turned in her best round of the year after Dufrane made a change, moving her from the No. 4 spot to the No. 5 golfer and she responded with a 61.
“Jenna and I worked on accelerating and releasing her club with her weight forward, and she looked much better today,” Dufrane said. “It wasn’t the best conditions but she pushed through and that was really great to see.”
Marinette will now host a triangular with Freedom and Wrightstown in its final home match of the year.
Team scores: Marinette 201, Little Chute 204, Luxemburg-Casco 212, Oconto Falls 228
Marinette: Lindsey Wingender 43, Dalanie Langlois 46, Hannah Chenier 54, Camryn Ferm 58, Jenna Margetta 61