Sophomore Belle Brunner of Wawasee follows the flight of her ball on the first hole. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Sophomore Belle Brunner of Wawasee follows the flight of her ball on the first hole. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
The Warsaw Lady Tigers finished the round robin portion of the Northern Lakes Conference girls golf season in fine fashion Thursday evening.

Hosting Wawasee and Elkhart Memorial, all five Warsaw varsity players shot between 42 and 46 on the front side at Stonehenge as the Lady Tigers carded a four-player score of 177, improving to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in the league standings.

Wawasee was 19 strokes back at 196, and the Lady Warriors are now 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the NLC.

Memorial shot 232, falling to 4-10 and 0-6.

“I'm very proud of the way the girls bounced back from Tuesday's match,” said Warsaw coach Tad Nieter. “We did not play well Tuesday in a big match for us, and I challenged the girls to dig deep the rest of the season.

“They showed tonight their ability to bounce back and redeem themselves. I'm very pleased with that team score, especially with everyone shooting 46 and under.”

Izzy Ray led the Lady Tigers with a 42, earning co-medalist honors with Memorial's Lily Ball.

Madelyn Ray shot 44 for Warsaw, while Julie Hildebrand (45), Grayson Kilburn (46) and Marie Frazzetta (46) rounded out the team's lineup.

“Izzy has been solid for us all season,” said Nieter. “Her nonchalant demeanor never allows her to be too high or low in spirit. We need her to play well if we want to contend at the NLC Tournament and the rest of the season moving forward.”

The NLC Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 8 at Cristiana Creek in Elkhart.

Wawasee's team score consisted of four rounds between 48 and 50.

Valerie Haessig led the Lady Warriors with a 48, while Belle Brunner and Lesley Tayagua carded 49s and Taylor Cripe a 50.

Jadison Rostochak rounded out Wawasee's varsity lineup with a 57.

“I don't think we played our best. Belle had an 11 on the last hole, where she just had one of those holes where everything goes wrong,” said Wawasee coach Steve Coverstone. “She still shot 49, but she should have been in the mid-40s, and she would have been with a respectable score there (on the last hole).

“Some of our girls haven't played here much, or at all, so it was the first go-round for a lot of them.”

To go with Ball's 42, Memorial got a 45 from Courtney King.

The Crimson Chargers, however, struggled at the 3, 4 and 5 spots.

Mady Axsom shot 71 for Memorial, while Morgan Kast shot 74 and Natalie Wolschlager 87.

In JV action, Warsaw beat Wawasee 194-225. Memorial didn't have enough golfers to record a JV team score.

Anna Morgan led the JV Lady Tigers with a person-best round of 44. Warsaw’s JV?team finished the NLC?season with a 6-1 record.



WARSAW 177, WAWASEE 196, ELKHART MEMORIAL 232

(Stonehenge)

Medalist ­– Izzy Ray (War) 42, Lily Ball (EM) 42

Warsaw – Izzy Ray 42, Madelyn Ray 44, Julie Hildebrand 45, Grayson Kilburn 46, Marie Frazzetta 46

Wawasee – Valerie Haessig 48, Belle Brunner 49, Lesley Tayagua 49, Taylor Cripe 50, Jadison Rostochak 57

Memorial – Lily Ball 42, Courtney King 45, Mady Axsom 71, Morgan Kast 74, Natalie Wolschlager 87

Records: Warsaw 10-4 (4-3 NLC), Wawasee 8-7 (3-4 NLC), Memorial 4-10 (0-6 NLC)

JV ­– Warsaw 194, Wawasee 225

Warsaw – Anna Morgan 44, Miriam Hagg 48, Delaney Byron 48, Sydney?Lancaster 54, Brooklyn Fitzgerald 55, Bethany Johnson 61, Kalista Bartol 65, Izzie Vantwoud 74, Alicia Johnson 80, Peri Britton 83