There are lessons that are better learned early in the season rather than later on with the stakes higher and hopefully the strokes lower. The Skyline girls’ golf team learned one of those lessons and hopefully learning it in September pays off later in the season.
The Eagles played in a quad match on Wednesday at Lenawee Country Club in Adrian and handily defeated Adrian (243) and Jackson (252) but fell by one stroke to Adrian, 192 for the Maples and 193 for Skyline.
“It was certainly a bittersweet match,” said Skyline Coach Ashley Mantha. “Going forward we need to realize that every stroke matters. No matter how bad you think you may be playing, grind it out as your teammates may be having an even worse day.
“It’s a good lesson to learn halfway through the season, especially as post season play is upon us in a couple short weeks.”
The match was so close that if the two teams had tied, Skyline would have won based on the fifth-place score. So one stroke was the difference between a win and a loss.
Three Eagles broke 50 on the day with Adie Maki leading the way with an impressive 45. Addy Meadows shot a 48 and Cammi Tirico fired a 49 for the Eagles. The rest of the scorecard featured Nikki Lama (51), Alison Marshall (52) and Amber Hing (59).
Pioneer tops Monroe
The Pioneer girls’ golf team played Sand Creek Golf Course on Wednesday in a quad SEC meet with host Monroe, Dexter and Pinckney.
The Pioneers fired an impressive team score of 179 to beat both Monroe and Dexter. Pinckney defeated the Pioneers by one stroke – see comments on how every stroke matters in the Skyline section – with a 178.
Amaya Melendez led pioneer was an outstanding 39.