FHC Girls Finish Third at Lakewood Invite

FHC Girls Finish Third at Lakewood Invite

Sean Wing, Sports Reporter

It always feels good walking off the course knowing that goals were accomplished.

FHC’s Girl’s Varsity Golf placed third out of twelve teams competing at Willow Wood Country Club in Portland, Michigan Thursday morning. FHC ended with a team total of 359 shots, finishing behind Hackett Catholic Prep (342), and Saint Johns (352). Head coach Paul TenEyck praised his girls heavily after their Thursday morning showing.

“Today was definitely the best round that we’ve had this year,” TenEyck said. “Having all five [girls] shoot under 100 has been one of our goals this year, so to do that today was great.”

The Rangers’ two best scores of the day came from their captains. Senior Katie Knoor shot an 86, and Senior Maddie Junkunc shot an 87. One of the highlights of Katie’s round came on the 9th hole, which was where she started off her day. Katie’s third shot was beautiful, landing only a few feet from the cup. Then, she sunk her fourth shot for par. Maddie played well all day, but her two best holes were 12 and 13. She had an impressive birdie on 12, and followed it up with a par on 13.

Coach TenEyck said that the team’s greatest strength comes from the girls being unified.

“I think our greatest strength right now is the fact that we truly are a family,” said TenEyck. “The girls get along very well together, they have a great time, we don’t have egos on our team, and everyone is willing to do whatever they need to do to get better.”

Senior Sydney Reynolds shot a 93, and made a tricky putt on the 9th green. Freshman Ally Ringler shot a 96. On the 16th hole, Ally hit her ball into the woods.  She responded, and hit a great shot out of the woods that landed on the green. Senior Lea Smeester shot a 93 and parred the 17th hole. Lea said the one thing they need to improve going forward is their putting.

“We need to get better at putting for sure,” TenEyck said. “Without a doubt, one area we need to improve is our short game.”

FHC went all the way to the state finals a year ago, and captain Maddie has lofty goals.

“My expectations are high because I believe our team can go really far.”