The Girls Varsity Golf Team finished the first half of the season with a 4th place finish at the St. Pius X Par 3 Tournament at Peachtree Golf Center, an 18-holes golf course comprised entirely of par 3 holes. The difficulty of the course lies in the premium it places on accuracy, as players target flags on unusually small greens, some which narrow to no wider than 18 feet in places.
Adding to the challenge of the tournament was the fact that the event traditionally begins shortly before dusk. Normally, the encroaching darkness would make it impossible to complete a golf tournament. However, Peachtree Golf Center is one of only a handful of fully-lighted golf courses in the southeast United States. So, the golfers played on into the night, and literally finished under the stars!
The Lady Titans were competing in the tournament without senior standout, Michelle Cao, but had to look no further than upstart freshman, Lauren Siegel, to pick up the team. Lauren was under par most of the event, and close to the tournament lead throughout. Unfortunately, Lauren caught a tough break late in her round when two green-side flood lights burned out, making it difficult to see, and all but impossible to putt with any precision. Lauren eventually settled for a 2 over par 56, good for a 6th place finish atop a tightly packed leaderboard of 71 golfers competing for individual honors. Also competing for the Titans were Erica Scutt, Aya Kakizaki, Jessie Jia, and Riya Patel.
The Lady Titans Golf Team will kick-off the second half of their season with the West Georgia Girls Classic in LaGrange, Georgia, on April 9th. Coach Silver considers the event noteworthy because it will mark the first time in over a month that the team will be competing in a tournament with their top four varsity golfers in the field. The last time that happened, the Girls Golf Team finished in first place, capturing the North Gwinnett Invitational at Bear’s Best Golf Club in early March. Good luck, Lady Titans!