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PHS golfers land trophy finishes

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 4:09 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 4:14 p.m. CST
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The Princeton girls golf team landed third at the Rock Falls Rocket Invite. Team members include Arraia Hicks (left), Jaimee Ciesielski, Sarah Crowe, coach Will Gross, Sophia Suarez, Audra Reidner and Brooke Hieronymus

The Princeton boys and girls golf teams brought home some hardware from weekend events.

At Byron: The PHS boys finished second of six teams in Saturday’s Byron Shootout at Prairie View Golf Course. The host Tigers took first at 309 with the PHS Tigers taking second at 338, 35 strokes ahead of third-place Forreston.

“Considering the weather delay and the difficulty of the course, I am pleased with our performance,” PHS coach Duane Price said. “Traditionally Byron has a fantastic program with many seasoned golfers, so a second-place finish to them is somewhat understandable. With that said, nearly all eight men we had on the roster shot their scoring averages or better.

Colby Robbins (81) and Colin Pierson (82) placed third and fourth, respectively, for Princeton. Byron’s medalist won with a one-under 71.

“Colby continued his consistent start to the season. The start has not only provided some confidence, but also provided an opportunity for him to reflect on areas in need of improvement to compete at the highest level,” Price said.

“Colin has battled a lot the first week of the season and to place fourth overall is a testament to a grinding spirit on the course. He’s worked on some swing changes after hitting the ball poorly, and after a few days of practicing the changes, the score of 82 shows that things might now be clicking for him.”

At Rock Falls: After a two and one-half hour weather delay, the Princeton Tigresses came away with a third-place trophy in the small-school division of Saturday’s Rocket Invite at Rock Falls Golf and Pool. The tournament was shortened from 18 holes to nine.

First-place Lena-Winslow carded a 171 followed by Erie (188) and Princeton (191). Meet medalist Callie Raders of Lena fired a 37, one stroke better than runner-up Carrie Raders.

PHS senior Sophia Suarez fired a career low round of 44 to tie for sixth place. Teammates Arraia Hicks (46) and Audra Reidner (47) came in with season lows, and Sarah Crowe carded a 54 to round out the scoring.

“All the girls were able to come out focused which was tough after having to sit in the clubhouse for over two and half hours due to rain. With the wet conditions and the delay, I couldn’t have been more pleased with their performance in terms of ball striking, putting or attitude,” PHS coach Will Gross said. “They stayed positive and knew what their goals were as a team and stayed focused and determined to achieve their team and individual goals, which they did by earning a trophy.”

• Monday’s golf meets for Princeton were canceled as well as St. Bede’s at Streator. 

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