BEDFORD CHAMPS: Madison’s girls golf team was a winner in its season-opening match Tuesday at the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational at Otis Park Golf Course. Team members include (from left): Kyla Johnson, Hannah Holt, Amanda Detmer, Abbi Wynn, Carmen Velasco and Jordan Dean. (Submitted photo)
BEDFORD CHAMPS: Madison’s girls golf team was a winner in its season-opening match Tuesday at the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational at Otis Park Golf Course. Team members include (from left): Kyla Johnson, Hannah Holt, Amanda Detmer, Abbi Wynn, Carmen Velasco and Jordan Dean. (Submitted photo)
Madison's girls golf team picked up right where it left off last season by winning the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford.

The Lady Cubs, who won their first sectional since 1999 on the same course last September, carded a 359 to turn back a strong field in their 2013 season opener on Tuesday.

Madison fielded three of the top eight scorers in the invitational including junior Amanda Detmer's third place finish with a nine-over-par 81. Senior Hannah Holt carded an 84 and Lady Cubs newcomer, Carmen Velasco, an exchange student from Spain, shot an 89 in her first match with the team. Kyla Johnson rounded out Madison's scoring with a 105 and Abbi Wynn shot a 106 in a non-scoring round.

Madison's new head coach Dale Crafton, who will share coaching duties with his wife, Kathy, this season, was pleased with the results in the season opener even if the team still has room for improvement.

"The girls have worked hard to put themselves in position to win," Dale Crafton said.

Madison finished fourth in the same early-season invitational last year but then improved steadily thoughout the season leading up to the Cubs' sectional victory later in the year at Otis Park.

Detmer, a sectional and regional champion last year and two-time state finalist, had been medalist at the BNL Invitational last year with a one-under 71.

"She had like four three-putt greens today," Crafton said of Detmer, who has been traveling a lot this summer while playing Junior PGA events throughout the region. "The greens were really slick up there and the pins were in difficult positions. I'll never make excuses but the putting was challenging."

Tuesday's medalist was Bloomington South's Cherise Otter, a sophomore who qualified for state last year, with a five-over 76 at Otis Park. Paxton DeHaven, a senior from Seymour, was second with a 77.

Detmer will get a second shot at DeHaven today when the Cubs play on the Owls' home course in the Seymour Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course there.

Hensler's 53 leads Shawe

Shawe Memorial High School's girls golf team opened its season Monday by playing in a tri-match with Jennings County and Switzerland County at Belterra Resort and Casino Golf Course.

The Hilltoppers were led by Meg Hensler with a 53 while Gabby Pawlak carded a 70.

Coach Matt Hall said Hensler's round was hindered by three-putts, a couple of lost balls and a shot in a water hazard.

" Both girls felt they could play better," Hall noted. "Since they have hardly practiced, I believe them. But we'll have to wait and see."

Hall said the weather was "just great" for the match and the Belterra course "was in great shape and the rough was (too)."

The Hilltoppers, who are just getting started this season, were to practice on Tuesday and then join Madison at the Seymour Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course at 9 a.m. today.