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Girls varsity golf team takes second place at FHN jamboreee

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Juniors Ally Ringler and Mandy Ehrlich led the charge for the girls varsity golf team as it traveled to Egypt Valley Country Club last night to compete in the Forest Hills Northern jamboree. This course provided a challenge for all the golfers, especially once they reached the greens. This course is more manicured than most, causing the ball to skip more than usual and the golfers to struggle.

“This course has the hardest greens that we will play on all year,” Head coach Paul Ten Eyck said. “The one thing about our kids that I appreciate more than anything [though] is that they don’t ever quit. Even if they’re having a bad round they continue to play hard and get the best score that they can.”

Despite the challenging course, the Rangers still placed second with 176 points, only 6 strokes behind jamboree host, FHN. In addition to Ally and Mandy’s impressive scores of 42 each, seniors Kayley Reynolds and Haley Hamill also played quality games by scoring a 44 and 48, respectively.

“I just try to shoot my best every time I play,” Ally said. “I think we all did alright tonight; we could’ve done better but this course is just really challenging for everyone because we aren’t used to it.”

Even with the unique circumstances of a higher-level course, the Rangers were still not pleased with their short-game performance.

“I think we need to work on chipping and putting just as a whole,” Haley said. “[Personally to improve,] I just try to get better than my score the match before, and [to contribute to the team] I always try to make people laugh.”

The Rangers move on to the next jamboree on September 18, which they will host at Watermark Country Club. The golfers are more familiar with this set of holes, which may give them the edge they need to out-play Northern and claim first place in an outing. Last night’s jamboree can be taken away as a learning experience and showed the grit of this golf team.

“I think the girls came out today at a tough golf course and played as well as they could,” Ten Eyck said. “That’s all I can ask for.”

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