Wawasee junior Mikala Mawhorter chips onto the green of Sycamore Golf Club’s third hole during Monday’s dual match against Manchester. Photo by Anthony Gadson, Times-Union
Wawasee junior Mikala Mawhorter chips onto the green of Sycamore Golf Club’s third hole during Monday’s dual match against Manchester. Photo by Anthony Gadson, Times-Union
NORTH MANCHESTER — The Wawasee Lady Warriors didn’t play their best round of the golf season Monday, but they played well enough to push their record to 6-0.
Playing at North Manchester’s Sycamore Golf Club for the second time in a week-and-a-half, Wawasee shot a 190, defeating the host Manchester Lady Squires (2-1), who finished with a 215.
On Aug. 7, the Lady Warriors posted a 181 while defeating Whitko and Concord at Sycamore, but on their second trip to the course, only Courtney McDaniel improved her score, going from a 63 to 49.
“It plays tough because the ball rolls out on you so much,” Wawasee coach Steve Coverstone said of Sycamore. “The greens are hard, and if you miss the fairways, that rough is hard and you’re not going to get real good lies there.”
Along with the par-36 front nine playing difficult, Coverstone noticed his girls putting themselves in tough situations early in matches.
“What we have going on right now is, we’re playing decent,” he said. “We get five or six scores in the 40s, but we’re not getting the low score. We’re having some bad holes. When I talked to them before we started, I talked about getting off to a good start and finishing strong, but we didn’t do it again today.”
Wawasee’s low score was Mikala Mawhorter’s 44, followed by Elizabeth Jackson’s 48 and 49 each out of Kylee Rostochak, McDaniel and Aubrey Schmeltz. Madison Beaman wrapped up the varsity scoring with a 54.
The low score of the day belonged to Manchester’s Claire Barnett, who compiled a match-high three pars en rout to a 41.
“This past Saturday (at the Wabash County Tournament at Sycamore) she shot a 47-47 here to shoot a 94,” Manchester coach Josh Troyer said. “Shooting a 41 today, she finally committed to hitting shots. She believed in herself. She’s gone through some major swing changes over the last month, month-and-a-half. So, I think she believed in those and executed her shots.”
Troyer commented that his other girls are also working through some swing changes, as their scores were Lydia Little’s 53, Madison Hire’s 60, Gabbi Wilcox’s 61, Erin Working’s 62 and Rachel Cave’s 73.
“We’re very close,” Troyer said. “It’s a mental game for everyone, even Claire. Claire was about six shots lower  (than she was at Saturday’s Wabash County Tournament) and all that was about mental approach and making good decisions. With our other girls, it’s just a matter of making the right choices. There’s a couple examples today where they made bad choices and hit it into some hazards. We’re just not consistent with our swing. They’ve made a lot of swing changes, and they’re still struggling to adjust to those.”
While the Lady Squires work to refine their strokes, the Lady Warriors must attempt to begin matches better to separate themselves when the Northern Lakes Conference season begins.
At Saturday’s Wawasee Invitational at South Shore Golf Club, defending NLC champion NorthWood won with a 353, followed by Wawasee’s 370,  but Coverstone saw a lot of missed opportunities that day.
“At our invite, we got second, but we played the first hole with a double-bogey, triple-bogey, triple-bogey, triple-bogey, double-bogey, then one of the girls made a 12 on (No.) 2,” he said. “Well, you can’t give those shots away when you’re playing better teams.
And by coming out of the gates better, Coverstone believes his team could contend with NorthWood for a conference title.
“If we can get off to a better start and get little better scores out of our top two scores, whoever shoots them,” Coverstone said about the potential of claiming a NLC crown. “But the main thing is that we can’t get off to a bad start.”
Wawasee gets to work on that start tonight at Maxwelton Golf Club against Mishawaka Marian and West Noble, while Manchester travels to Fort Wayne’s Chestnut Hills Golf Club to play Fort Wayne Canterbury on Thursday.

WAWASEE 190, MANCHESTER 215
(Sycamore G.C., Par 36)
Medalist – Claire Barnett (M) 41.
Wawasee – Elizabeth Jackson 48, Mikala Mawhorter 44, Kylee Rostochak 49, Madison Beaman 54, Courtney McDaniel 49, Aubrey Schmeltz 49.
Manchester – Barnett 41, Erin Working 53, Gabbi Wilcox 61, Madison Hire 60, Lydia Little 53, Rachel Cave 73.
Records: Wawasee 6-0, Manchester 2-1.
Wawasee JV – Kamryn Foy 48, Rebecca Bender 55.