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Huntington North girls golf opens 2019 fall season

TEE SHOT: Sophomore Alex Hoch hitsa tee shot during the Huntington North Invitational on Tuesday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The 2019 fall sports season is officially underway, as the Huntington North girls golf team opened up their campaign on Tuesday at the Huntington North Invitational at Norwood Golf Club in Huntington.

The Lady Vikes placed eighth out of 12 teams competing at the tournament with a score of 414, besting Concordia (ninth place, 415), Oak Hill (10th place, 426), Snider (11th place, 429) and Northrop (12th place, 463).

The tournament provided an opportunity for the team to see what they are capable of, as the majority of this year’s lineup has seen little time at the varsity level.

“Considering only one girl, (sophomore) Grace Dill, has extensive varsity experience, I think they did just fine,” said head coach Ron Vinson. “I’m proud of them that I didn’t see any quit in their game. The scores will come down, I’m sure of that. I think just knowing that they all belong and can really improve will be a big thing for them from today.”

Sophomore Macy McCloskey, playing in the No. 3 position for the Lady Vikes, posted a team-best score of 95 at the event, carding the two best nine-hole totals of the day for Huntington North with a 48 on the front nine before tallying a 47 on the back half of the course.

Dill, slotted in the No. 1 position for the Lady Vikes, turned in a 101 to place second on the team, while junior Kassidy Krumanaker and sophomore Haley Newton each fired rounds of 109 in the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively, to complete the Huntington North scoring quartet.

Sophomore Alex Hoch rounded out the Lady Vikes’ lineup in the No. 2 position, shooting a non-scoring 111.

While the team’s total may not yet be where Vinson would like it, he is glad to finally have an idea of where the players are at in their games and believes the best is yet to come for this year’s squad. Vinson feels playing alongside good competition will also help push the Lady Vikes to perform their best.

Another component of the team Vinson is excited about is the camaraderie the group has already established, a key aspect of seeing improvement throughout the season.

“As a team, I really like how they pump one another up,” Vinson said. “They did it before, during and after the match. I think that’s important for them to move forward in the golf season. I think it’s going to be a fun year and I know they will learn from today and get better.”

Homestead cruised to the tournament championship with a team score of 293, 59 shots ahead of second-place Bishop Dwenger. The Spartans’ four scorers placed first through fourth individually at the tournament, as Maddi Dabagia earned the individual tournament championship with a score of 70.

Huntington North will return to the course on Saturday when they compete in the East Noble Invitational at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville, Indiana. Tee time for the tournament is slated for 10 a.m.