They survived and advanced.
But that doesn’t mean the members of the Culver Girls Academy golf team were happy with the outcome. They had just dropped the sectional championship at Beechwood Golf Course in LaPorte, Ind., by a single stroke to Michigan City. It was supposed to be their year – again – and it had just slipped away.
The girls were wanting to repeat as sectional champs. They were also looking to push their overall sectional trophy count into double digits at 10. The team goal was to shoot a total of 330 or less, even though they were without last year’s medalist. Reese Wilson ’21 (Chicago) has been forced to sit out much of the season with an upper back muscle strain.
But the team finished with a 353. Friday’s frustrating 18-holes became, as William Gladstone once said, “a good walk spoiled.”
Wilson’s injury was not an excuse. The team has continued to roll through the season with senior captain Amanda Kurteff (Plainfield, Ill.) taking over the number one role. And everyone else has stepped up their game during season. The team finished with an unblemished dual match record and won the Rochester Invitational along the way.
Lucy Pugh (Winamac, Ind.) and Kurteff each shot an 87, finishing as the second and third lowest individuals, respectively. But, after coming off last year’s ninth place finish at the state finals and being ranked among the state’s best all season, they wanted the team title, too.
But second place means CGA does move on to the regional. CGA will now play Saturday at the Battle Ground Golf Club near Lafayette. Coach Karen Rudd said it gives the girls an opportunity to shake off the unexpected bad round. And it gives Wilson, who is listed on the regional roster, a few more days to recover. Going back to the state finals is still in play.
They survived. They advanced. They are committed to playing better. And that’s what matters.