Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Pinewood Prep girls’ golf team captured its third consecutive SCISA Championship on Tuesday at Orangeburg Country Club.
The Lady Panthers shot 330 to defeat runner up Hammond by 84 shots. The Lady Panthers were led, again this year, by senior Katelyn Dambaugh who shot a one-under-par 71 to earn medalist honors for the third consecutive year.
It also marks the third consecutive year that Dambaugh has earned SCISA Player of the Year honors. Dambaugh was backed up by junior Reona Hirai who shot a one-over 73. Hirai also earned All-state recognition for the third consecutive year.
“I was impressed with the way Katelyn finished today,” Pinewood coach Greg Baechtle said. “ She started very strong, then hit a rough patch but was able to pull it back together to finish with a great round. Reona struggled a little early but she hung tough, as she usually does, and also turned in a great score.”
Also contributing to the victory were sophomore Julia Whitten who shot a 90 and junior Olivia Coyle who added a 96. Freshman Michaela McAuley rounded out the team scoring with a 97. Baechtle went on to say, “Julia did a great job today. She has been a little off her game the past couple of weeks, but when it counted today she played very well. I know Olivia and Michaela did not produce the scores they wanted to, but I was very proud of the way they kept battling right to the final hole.”
Baechtle was happy with his team’s performance. “The conditions on Tuesday were very hard,” he said. “It was very cold and we had heavy rain on and off making it difficult to score well. In spite of this though, the girls did an excellent job. The girls have worked hard since we started in June and they were rewarded for their efforts yesterday.”
The victory wrapped up a perfect 19-0 season for the Lady Panthers.
“I’m really fortunate to have this group of girls,” Baechtle noted. “They all take the game seriously and are constantly working to improve their game. Some of these girls took up the game just a couple of years ago and they have made tremendous progress over the past couple of years. As a coach you can’t ask anymore from your players. They all give 100 percent effort each and every time they play. I’ve really enjoyed working with this group and I am already looking forward to next year. Although we will lose Katelyn to graduation I think that with the rest of the players returning the future looks very bright for next year.”