Will Gross only needed to look at last year’s score sheet from the Rock Falls Invite to see the improvement in his Princeton girls golf team.
The Tigresses shot a 425 to place fifth out of 14 teams in the Class A division. With the exact same group of five girls, PHS recorded a 490 last year.
“It shows that this team has the dedication, focus and willingness to do whatever it takes to improve and I believe that we will continue to improve even more once we sharpen up our short game, which will come in playing more competitive rounds,” Gross said
Princeton placed fifth in a division paced by Geneseo (374), Alleman (404) and Lena-Winslow (416). The Tigresses were led by Sophia Suarez and Audra Reidner whom each shot a 100. Arraia Hicks was one stroke back at 101 with Sarah Crowe at 124 and Julie Miller a 131.
“Although we would have liked to place in the top 3, we did gain a lot of confidence and knowledge out of the tournament,” Gross said. “I thought we played tee to the green better than we ever have done and it was a direct result of their hard work and dedication. Our only struggles were on or around the greens and that is just a matter of getting used to different, faster greens than the ones we practice and play on at home.”
St. Bede placed eighth at 429, paced by Gabbie Mendoza at 89.
At Byron: Princeton’s Zach Hicks placed third in the Byron Tiger Shootout with a score of 81, five strokes behind the top score put up by Westminster Christian’s Dillion Rejman. The Tigers placed third as a team behind Byron (324) and Westminster (345). Also scoring for PHS were Ian Nichols (85), Colby Robbins (98) and Miles Rose (105).
At Sandwich Invite: Griffin Kozeal and the Amboy/LaMoille Clippers finished fourth in Saturday’s Sandwich Invite at Edgebrook Golf Course in a tournament using a modified Stableford scoring system. Kozeal was +21 in the format, which awarded 1 point for a bogey, 2 points for a par, 4 points for a birdie and 7 points for an eagle. Also for Amboy, Logan Thake (+17), Jake Lucas (+15) and Josh Gross (+10) also reached double-digits.
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