Madison senior Jenna Imel (left) and graduating junior Gibson James (right) were honored after Thursday’s match. (Photo by Melanie Eder)
Madison senior Jenna Imel (left) and graduating junior Gibson James (right) were honored after Thursday’s match. (Photo by Melanie Eder)
Madison sent its seniors out in style with a four-way win at Sunrise Golf Course on Thursday.

The Cubs honored senior Jenna Imel and graduating junior Gibson James by shooting 184 as a team to easily outdistance Seymour (209), Shawe (223) and Jennings County (239). Imel shot a 46 while playing in the No. 1 spot and James fired a 58.

What a senior night. We shot our lowest nine holes at home for the season,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “Jenna holding serve with the other number ones was really big tonight. I know she felt she could have shot better, but Jenna always thinks she can shoot better. I love that about her though, she is just such a fighter ... Gibson got the start tonight and performed well, too. She got under 60, and the 58 might be a personal best for her as a starter. I’m proud of the progress she’s made the last few years.”

Junior Keara Eder, Madison’s top player, shot an even-par 36 to take low-medalist honors while sophomore Grace Bronkella and freshman Gracie Gasaway each had 51s.

Freshman Kira Wells led Shawe with a 48 while Bailey Kilgore and Yolett Perez each had 56. Gia Craig added a 63.

“The girls are getting to the point where they aren’t satisfied with what they feel are not good scores,” Shawe coach David Hertz said. “Now that they see that they can be better, it’s giving them goals to shoot for, where as before they were happy to settle for whatever they got. Now they are eager to improve. And that is a great starting place for next year.”



Rebels win ORVC battle

The top three golf teams in the Ohio River Valley Conference matched up at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday with the teams finishing in the same order.

Southwestern, which won its third-straight ORVC crown at Butler Falls last week, shot a 213 to edge Shawe (221) and Switzerland County (223) in a close match.

“We treated this as a sectional tune up tonight. I believe we are right in the mix to finish top three with the scores we have been posting,” Southwestern coach David Bright said. “Belle (Crawford) and Ellie (Foley) are really solid for us right now. Hannah (Sampson) just needs more practice time. Splitting time between two sports is rough. Ximena (Vilchis) will start dropping strokes with experience. She just needs to put time in on the course. The more swings she gets in the better she hits the ball.”

Crawford and Foley each shot 44 to share low-medalist honors while Vilchis had a 59 and Sampson a 66.

Kira Wells and Yolett Perez each shot 51 to lead Shawe while Bailey Kilgore had a 56 and Gia Craig a 63.

Hailey Hines paced Switzerland County with a 48, Lily Williams and Rori Ware each had a 55, Kenna Perkins shot a 65 and Brooklyn Flanders had a 67.

“Yolett has improved her score each of the last four rounds for personal bests. She really wanted to shoot in the 40’s tonight and I think that is certainly a doable goal for this year,” Shawe coach David Hertz said. “Kira had a couple of bad scoring holes and that was really all that kept her from shooting at or below her average. It was nice to see Bailey shoot better than she had in some time and I hope she can carry that over the rest of the season. Gia had a slow start and a sore back — two things that don’t normally add up to a good score in golf. We expect her to get that turned around before sectional.”

Southwestern returns to action on Monday when it hosts Silver Creek at Butler Falls while all three schools face Madison at Sunrise on Tuesday.



Cubs win tri-meet at home

Madison’s girls golf team picked up a tri-meet win at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Cubs shot a 197 to easily outpace Silver Creek’s 212 and Scottsburg’s 217.

“Any time you get a win or two on the golf course is a good thing. We’re still not quite as sharp as I’d like to be as a group, but the ladies are fighting hard to get better,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “We’re running out of time a little bit, but a lot hinges on the optics of our score from Keara (Eder) and Jenna (Imel). I like getting a combined 80 out of them in these nine-holers and if they both have their ‘B’ games on a given night, our scores don’t look as great. I don’t worry about them too much, though. Tonight could have easily been 187 if they were humming.”

Eder shot a 40 to claim low-medalist honors while Grace Bronkella had a 49, Imel a 51, Gracie Gasaway a 57 and Gibson James a 63.

“It was also nice to see Grace getting under 50. She has been battling really hard, and I’m glad she got a personal win tonight,” Shockley said.

Jacy Stricker led Silver Creek with a 43 while Lana Dobson had a 49, Olivia Burton had a 59 and Dev Wilkerson a 61.

Makayla Barger shot a 47 to lead Scottsburg, Jordyn Johnson had a 55, Molly McGannon a 56, Kensley Gambrell a 59 and Lydia Wolf a 60.

Madison returns to action today when it competes in the Hoosier Hills Conference championships at New Albany.



Carroll shoots 175

Carroll County’s boys golf team shot a 175 to beat Gallatin County on Thursday at Fairway Golf Course.

Kennedy Daigle fired a 38 to take low-medalist honors while Luke Staley had a 43 and Jaxon Hewitt and Connor Mefford each had 47.

Carroll hosts Henry County on Monday.