It is always tough to lose any sporting event in a tie-breaker, but one way to make up for it and provide a sense of joy is to set a school record in the process.
That is exactly what the Garaway girls varsity gold team did Monday, Aug. 13 when the Lady P’s fired off a team score of 319 to tie for the top spot at the Ashland Invitational.
Because the Lady Pirates don’t have a fifth team player, they lost to Shelby in the tie-breaker with the fifth person’s score proving to be the score that broke the tie. However, in any event it was a monumental success for Garaway on the day.
Senior Leigh Ann Williams paced Garaway with a brilliant 74 with senior classmate Jocelyn Troyer one shot off the pace at 75. Helena Immel carded a strong 80, and Mikayla Weaver tacked on a 90 in the Lady P’s terrific effort.
The final team score set a new Garaway girls record, and what made the effort even more impressive is there were 20 teams at the event including Div. I and Div. II schools.
Three days earlier the Garaway girls traveled south to the River View Invitational at the Hickory Flats Golf Course, where the Lady P’s performed nearly every bit as well. The team score of 325 was more than enough to capture the title with New Philadelphia pulling in at second place with a score of 343 and Tusky Valley at third with 347.
Leading the way was Troyer, who fashioned a stunning 5-under-par 67 with Williams tacking on a 79, Immel carding an 87 and Weaver adding a 92.
It was two strong efforts for a team that seems bent on a return trip to state, despite having just four golfers, a feat it pulled off last year with five golfers and the year prior when the Lady Pirates again had just four athletes competing.
The Lady Pirates then traveled to Skyland Pines to take on a tough field at the Midwest Classic Invitational. Troyer remained on fire, carding a 74 to garner runner-up medalist honors. The team ended up in sixth place at 361. From there it was back to league play, where the Lady Pirates beat up Ridgewood 173-211. Troyer fired off a one-under-par 35 while Williams carded a 42 and Immel and Weaver both added 48. Ridgewood was paced by Sadie Wilson’s 48 and Lexi Zimmer’s 50.