Beasley
Beasley
JEFFERSONVILLE — With just one week left in the regular season, Madison girls golf is making its final tune ups for next week’s sectional.

Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference girls golf championship at Jeffersonville’s Elk Run Golf Club was a good place to start.

Playing on a tough golf course, Madison coach Jake Shockley was pleased with his team’s results. Madison finished fourth with a 392 team with none of the first three in Madison’s sectional.

Bedford North Lawrence won the tournament with a 340, Columbus East was second with a 373 and Floyd Central was third with a 377. Seymour placed fifth at 403, Jennings County was sixth at 440, New Albany seventh at 442 and Jeffersonville rounded out the field with a 498.

The Cubs didn’t necessarily go away empty handed. Emma Beasley, the Cubs, with an 84, tied for fourth to earn a spot in the All-Hoosier Hills Conference team. Lily Shelp of Columbus East and Carly Stigall of Bedford shared the championship with an 82, Bedford’s Taylor Norman was third at 83 and Autumn Fateley of Columbus East and Olivia Sanders of Bedford tied with Beasley at 84.

Beasley was in the hunt for the championship most of the match.

“I knew there was going to be some good competition from BNL and they played very well,” Beasley said. “There was going to be competition from Columbus East, too. I knew I had it in me to make all-conference again.”

It was Beasley’s third time to earn all-conference and she’s pretty confident heading into sectionals.

“I played pretty good today and I was hitting the ball well,” Beasley said. “I’ve finally gotten my driver straightened out. My putting was good and it is going to help me out a lot next week at sectionals to hopefully get a team win and an individual win.”

Hannah Huff shot a 99 for the Cubs while Keegan Ehlers carded a 102 and Destinee Sadler a 107 to complete the Madison’s scoring. Jenna Imel carded a non-scoring 108.

“I was hitting my driver well today,” Ehlers said. “I had a really hard time putting and that definitely represented my score. As long as I can tune up my game and everyone gets it done together, I feel like we can come out well as a team.”

At 33 strokes better than the conference runner up, catching Bedford would be near impossible, but Shockley had a feeling the conference would be tight battle for the second through fifth spots.

“Knowing how our girls perform and how tough Elk Run plays, in my mind I was hoping to break 400 and 392 is good,” Shockley said. “I knew if we played our best golf, we could have had an outside shot at being second, but I’m happy with fourth.

“As far as an 18-hole tournament goes, I would say their on-course demeanor was the best they had since I’ve been coaching,” Shockley added. “I’m really pleased with how they handled themselves out there and didn’t let the pressure get to them too much and performed pretty well.”

On Thursday the Cubs had traveled to Jennings County to take on the Panthers in a nine-hole match. Madison was a bit shorthanded going in but still managed a 220-234 win.

Huff and Imel led the team with 52s, Ehlers shot a 53 and Caroline Kirby carded a 63.

“It was nice to get a win tonight. We were short a couple of players and the four girls responded,” said Shockley.