RUNNERS-UP: Madison‘s girls golf team finished second in the New Albany Invitational on Saturday. Members of the team are (from left): Grace Bronkella, coach Jake Shockley, Jenna Imel, Alivia Brawner, Keara Eder and Ally Skirvin. (Submitted photo)
RUNNERS-UP: Madison‘s girls golf team finished second in the New Albany Invitational on Saturday. Members of the team are (from left): Grace Bronkella, coach Jake Shockley, Jenna Imel, Alivia Brawner, Keara Eder and Ally Skirvin. (Submitted photo)
Madison’s girls golf team capped a roller-coaster first week of the season with a second-place finish in the New Albany Invitational on Saturday.

The Cubs, who opened the campaign on Tuesday with a last-place finish in the Bloomington South Invitational, shot a 395 on Saturday — led by Keara Eder’s low-medalist performance — to beat out nine of the 10 teams in the New Albany field.

“What a crazy week of golf. If you would have told me after Bloomington that we would be holding up a trophy seven days later, I would have thought you had lost your marbles,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “But, the ladies have been fighting really hard to get better. They just have a lot of fun out there and do the best they can. We were all kind of taken by surprise when we found out we got second place.”

The sophomore Eder has already staked herself as one of the best young golfers in the state and showed why on Saturday with an even-par 72 that topped the field by four strokes. New Washington’s Kaitlyn Price was second with a 76 was the only golfer within 10 strokes of Eder.

“Keara finally had that day where she found the fairway. I believe she had five birdies. She was very, very good today,” Shockley said. “Obviously winning individual medalist by four strokes is a very good accomplishment, and I think she can continue her excellent play.”

None of the other Cub golfers broke 100 on the day, but each still had strong personal performances.

Grace Bronkella shot an even 100, Jenna Imel had a 108 and Alivia Brawner a 115 to round out the scoring. Ally Skirvin had a non-scoring 134.

“Grace was big for us today. She had a chip-in birdie from off the green and is already starting to turn a corner. Shooting 100 already for her is awesome,” Shockley said. “Jenna hit her driver really well. I think she might start breaking 100 pretty soon. She has been super tough out there. Alivia had a tale of two nines as did the team. I think she went 63-52 which kind of shows her inexperience. But she is pretty fun to watch, and nothing seems to get to her. Ally was able to complete 10 of her 18 holes before the stroke limit which is also a great improvement for her. I think she may have only finished one hole at Bloomington.”

Floyd Central won the invitational with a score of 345. Host New Albany was three strokes back of Madison in third place with a 398, Scottsburg was fourth with a 410 and Providence was fifth with a 418. Jeffersonville (429), Corydon (443) and New Albany JV (471) rounded out the team scores while New Washington, Floyd Central JV and Providence JV did not field complete teams.

Madison returns to action on Tuesday when it faces South Dearborn and Austin at the South Dearborn Country Club in Aurora.