CLARKSON VALLEY • Forest Hills Country Club just shot up several notches in Morgan Schlegel’s book.
The Villa Duchesne sophomore shot a seven-over-par 37 on the club’s Valley Course to take medalist honors and help the host Saints to a 33-stroke victory over Visitation in a non-conference dual match on Thursday.
“I’ve played this course several times and this is the best I’ve ever scored on here in a tournament, so it’s exciting,” Schlegel said.
Her 37 comes right on the heels of a 43 in Tuesday’s tri-meet win over Incarnate Word and Notre Dame at Normandie Golf Course.
“My shots were more on today and my putting was better,” Schlegel said. “I only got in trouble on a few shots, but I recovered with my chipping and putting.”
Senior Emily Cataldi was the medalist in the season-opening win. She tied fellow senior teammate Mary Hogan for second on Thursday with a 38.
Villa Duchesne coach Linda Potter is excited about already having multiple match medalists in the season’s first week and the possibility of more as her strong team continues to move along.
“We always seem to be bunched together with depth more than we have a superstar,” Potter said. “I like the consistency. I like it because it keeps everybody on their toes and trying to do their personal best.”
Said Schlegel: “Everyone is so good and it’s such good competition. It makes you try really hard.”
Senior Caroline Roberts shot a 40 to finish fourth and give the Saints a team score of 153.
“Our team record here last year was 148 and that was at the end of the season, so to be able to come right out of the gate and shoot 153, I was thrilled,” said Potter, whose team also got solid fifth and sixth scores from senior Grace Mower (41) and junior Morgan Gast (42). “I like how they look. I think they are only going to continue to improve and I think these are great scores.”
Senior Maryjoyce Gewalt shot a 41 to lead the Vivettes, who had a team total of 186.
“She’s been our medalist two matches in a row,” Viz first-year coach Sally Collins said. “If we can get her with confidence off the tee shot and get her around the green, she’s gonna do well.”
Other scores for the Vivettes included sophomore Michaela Reynolds with a 45, junior Madisen Dorand with a 49, sophomore Nina Hebrank with a 51, sophomore Riley Juenger with a 54 and sophomore Alex Percy with a 55.
“It shows us what we need to work on and focus on in practice,” Collins said. “A lot of our girls do have swing coaches, so hopefully this gives them an idea of what they can go to their pros this weekend and focus on and get some kinks worked out before three matches in a row next week.
“If we look at the team in general, we just have to do a better job off the tee and that’s just not happening right now. It’s working on the range, but when we get to the golf course, it’s not happening out there.”