Prep Golf: Jenkins Wins Tri-Match; Yang Low Medalist
Tue. October 02, 2012 at 11:26 p.m. | By Solange Reyner
Athena Yang of Winter Haven putts on the fourth hole during a a match between George Jenkins, Winter Haven and Lakeland Christian. (Photo by SCOTT WHEELER | THE LEDGER )
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | George Jenkins picked up its eighth win of the season Tuesday in a girls' golf tri-match at Eaglebrooke, but freshman Athena Yang of Winter Haven stole the spotlight by shooting a two-under-par 34 on a wet day at the course.
Yang posted four birdies on the 2,310-yard course in Lakeland and made par on two other holes as Winter Haven placed third. Lakeland Christian came in second.
"I loved the course, it was really pretty," said Yang, who last played it when she was in the sixth grade.
"The distances were short and I liked that and there were so many shuttles from hole to hole. It was a nice course."
It was the second time this season that Yang, 14, shot a 34.
Crislyn Lucas, the No.1 player for Jenkins, posted a 44 while teeing it up with Yang. The junior birdied the ninth hole and made par on the eighth. On the fourth hole, a 311-yard par-4, she made it in five strokes, an achievement for her considering the trouble she says she often has with it.
"I clubbed down and just went for the fairway," Lucas said.
Jenkins was coming off a long weekend. The Eagles had their homecoming dance Saturday night and, on Sunday, competed at the Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational in Sebring, where they competed against 30 teams from around the state.
"Most of the girls were sick today so I told them to just get through it," George Jenkins coach Suzanne Walker-Liljequist said.
As a unit, they shot 183 on Tuesday. Mani Jenkins and Lexie Kincart posted 46s, Emily Osley a 47 to round out the top three. Morgan Shock had a 48 and Alexis Khalil a 50.
Lakeland Christian's Ashlynn Joyner led the Vikings, who finished with a score of 212, by shooting a 49. Savannah Collier shot a 50, Allisan Brown a 55 and Caroline Watson a 58. Anna Lanzino posted a 60.
For Winter Haven, which finished with a score of 221, Amani Flood had a 53 and Courtney Scott a 57. Bailey Holloway posted a 77.
All Saints' Alexandra Canto, competing as an individual because the Saints don't have a girls' golf team, finished with a 48.