Madison girls golf bounced back from a rough round in its season opener to shave almost 70 strokes as a team and go from dead last at the Bloomington South Invitational to runner-up at Seymour.

The Lady Cubs cut strokes across the board to shoot a 426 that was still well back of host Seynour’s 381 but easily better than the 447 carded by Scottsburg.

Of course, Wednesday’s match was played at the more familiar Shadowood Golf Course against just three teams rather than the deep field of top-ranked squads Madison saw at Bloomington Country Club while shooting a 493 on Monday but that took nothing away from the turnaround for coach Jake Shockley.

“I think any coach would take a 67-stroke improvement in two days!” Shockley said. “We are extremely young, so we’re going to have our ups and downs and I couldn’t be more proud of the ladies for bouncing back.”

The three players who teed off for Madison in both matches cut an average of 12.3 strokes off their round as Keara Eder led the way with an 82, Jenna Imel shot a 116 and Grace Bronkella carded a 114. Madison also had two new players see action as Alivia Brawner shot a 114 and Gibson James had a 139.

“It was nice to have Alivia in the fold today so that obviously was a big reason for the improvement. But I had no idea how she would do. A 114 for your first ever round of competitive golf is a big accomplishment,” Shockley said. “Grace also improved by 16 strokes over Monday and had her first birdie.”

“Jenna took a step in the right direction, today, but she’s still looking for that groove,” Shockely added. “I’m really impressed by her poise even though she isn’t playing to the level at which she wants to play. Gibson is also mostly new to the game, and frankly, we just wanted her to finish out some holes before reaching double par and she did just that.”

Eder, Madison’s top golfer the last two seasons, made the smallest improvement but had the least ground to make up. While her 90 on Monday was well off the medalist pace at Bloomington, the 82 she shot Wednesday was just a stroke back from co-medalists Laken Waskom and Bridget Marshall of Seymour.

“Keara is still fine-tuning a little bit,” Shockley said. “Eighty-two on the scorecard isn’t bad, but I know she isn’t satisfied. I know she’s just going to keep working and working.”

The Owls winning score also included a 104 by Lainey Jackson, a 115 by Phoebe Skidmore and a non-scoring 118 by Rylee Knutson.

The Seymour Invitational, normally a multi-team tourney like Bloomington, ended up with just three full teams Wednesday after several of the schools who traditionally join the field opted to start school earlier, leaving their teams unavailable for the 18-hole event.

Madison, which starts classes next week, will play its home opener Thursday at Sunrise Golf Course in a dual match with Jennings County at 4:30 p.m.