North Putnam girl's golf captures county, turns attention to sectional

As is the case with any sports season, there are plenty of ebbs and flows that a team can experience.

The North Putnam girl's golf team has had its share of peaks and valleys this season, according to head coach Earl Hall. 

"Per norm, based on the strength of our schedule, the season has had its peaks and valleys. We play some stiff competition both in the two invitationals we play annually and our dual matches throughout the season, which sees us match up with some consistently strong programs such as Southmont, Western Boone, Terre Haute North and South just to name a few," Hall told The Putnam County Post. 

Through it all, the Cougars have shown their might with a lineup that has seen every golfer play number one during the course of the season. 

"Our team has been pretty consistent in their play with scoring averages extremely close. We move our lineup around throughout the season using last performances on different courses to determine where a player might play positionally on any given night," Hall said. 

In addition to every golfer playing the top spot, every player has been an individual medalist as well this season for North Putnam, as well as establishing a new personal best for 9 hole and 18 hole scores. 

As a unit, the Cougars managed to put together a run where they recently captured the Putnam County County Golf championship. 

"The county is always a goal that we work towards and this year has added meaning in that we were beaten last season for the title after having won this even four straight years. The girls were really focused as the event drew near and on that night, they played with poise and confidence," Hall said. 

Senior Gabbi Simonson led the way for North Putnam, firing a 47, which tied for top overall score. 

She fell just short in a one hole playoff to determine the eventual winner, and while she fell short, Hall said Simonson's performance was an "inspiration to her teammates."

"In addition to Gabbi's inclusion on the All County Team, we also had two other players, senior Mason Morgan and junior Madison Houser, who were also members of the 2023 All-County Team. And Kaitlyn Jacobs missed making this year's team by one stroke, so, all in all, it was a very special night for the team," Hall said. 

North Putnam also placed fifth in the conference and placed Kaitlynn Jacobs on the All-Conference Team. 

Now, North Putnam turns its attention to the sectional at Harrison Hills Country Club in Attica.

Hall said the Cougars will see the likes of Western Boone, Southmont and Crawfordsville in it, as well as others. 

"I know the girls will give it their best, but we may need more of an effort than that to get out of that sectional team wise or even with an individual who could possibly move onto the regionals. One thing I know for sure, when it is all said and done, there will be no faces of sadness as the girls will leave it all on the course," Hall said. 





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