Jeff Willis, owner of Willandale Golf Course and swing coach of many young golfers in the area, sees big things in store for the Garaway girls golf team this season. Having worked with many of the girls on their game, he has seen the potential with the Lady Pirates playing their home matches at Willandale.
If the early results are any indication, he is right.
The Lady Pirates made a mockery of the Inter-Valley Conference Preseason Tournament and then turned around and took first place at the Flo Barr Invitational at Meadow Lakes Golf Course. Add to that a victory in a triangular match with a good River View team and Claymont and the table appears to be set for a special run for Matt Hallman’s group.
In the inaugural IVC Preseason Tournament at Willandale, the Lady Pirates took first place with a low score of 320, close to 70 shots ahead of the nearest competitor.
Jocelyn Troyer fired a one-over-par 73 to earn medalist honors, but she wasn’t alone in posting a quality round. Kalyn Mast finished second overall with a 77 while Leigh Ann Williams took third with an 81 and Halle Hallman fired an 89.
In the triangular Garaway pounded out a 12-shot win over the Black Bears by shooting 169 with River View (181) and Claymont (229) trailing.
Troyer and Mast took medalist honors with a 39, tying River View’s Marie Stufflebean. Hallman shot a 45 while Williams carded a 46.
Makaleigh Vega led Claymont with a 51.
At the Flo Barr Invitational at Meadow Lakes Golf Course, Garaway again earned the top spot by sporting a nifty 326.
On the par-65 course Troyer was once again the tournament medalist with a 68 while Williams tacked on an 85. Mast had an 86, and Helena Immel shot an 87.