Golfers hit the links for first time in two years
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The Raider and Raiderette golf teams were in action Monday night for the first time in two years.
In their first outing, the Raiders took third in a triangular with Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Nodaway Valley on the links in Greenfield.
Coming in first was Martensdale-St. Mary’s, shooting a 222, while the home team scored a 229. Mount Ayr finished with a 232.
Drew Ehlen medaled, shooting a 46.
Tony Daleske shot a 56 followed by Riley Stark with a 62, Xander Harmening with a 68 and Keye Willis with a 75.
The Raiderettes came out on top in their game with a 240, while the Blue Devils shot a 278.
Melaina Haley was the medalist with a 57, while Hallee Stewart was right behind with a 58, for runner-up honors.
Emalee Schafer shot a 62, Ally Shelley shot a 63, Mallory Weehler hit a 64 and Linsie Barnes rounded things out with a 72.
“It was great to see us finally on a course. We have been practicing for quite some time, but until you get the actual polo on and play in front of a small group while competing is something you just can’t replicate,” said head coach Bret Ruggles. “We got a great experience tonight for our younger players and we even saw both medalists in their divisions.”
“Drew [Ehlen] had a great start to his round by paring the first two holes, so that settled him in and got him a chance to relax. Melaina was a medalist for the girls and really showed a lot of resolve playing through the conditions.”
The Raiderettes were all with each other in the scoring, with three girls all within one stroke of each other.
“I was very pleased with our next four girls,” said Ruggles. “They stayed consistent with Stewart being runner-up, Schafer, Shelley and Weehler all right in the mix.”
The golfers traveled to Corydon on Tuesday and will host their first contest of the season in Mount Ayr Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m.