A major part of golf is being able to forget about the last shot and move onto the next one.
For Port Huron Northern’s girls golf team, Thursday will be about moving onto the next tournament, and forgetting about the last one.
The Huskies were not bad Wednesday on a windy day at Port Huron Golf Club, but they weren’t good enough to beat a good Grosse Pointe North team in a 190-211 loss. The win gives Grosse Pointe North the Macomb Area Conference Red Division dual meet championship. The divisional tournament will be played at Cherry Creek Thursday.
“They’re all disappointed — every single one of them felt like they could have scored better,” Northern coach Kyle Whymer said. “When you get to play tomorrow, just go out and play. You don’t have to worry about it, tomorrow can be a better day.
“Golf is so up and down like that. It’s shot to shot, it’s round to round, so they can go out and have a better day tomorrow.”
Megan Randolph led the way for the Huskies, shooting a 42, which was tied for best in the match with Grosse Pointe North’s Megan Gallagher.
Cassidy Koschnitzke shot a 55 for Northern, while Margaret Smith and Grace Mills each shot a 57. North had three players below 50, as Liz Gallagher and Olivia Benoit each shot a 47. Caelin Micks rounded out the North scorers with a 54.
While the wind was certainly a factor during the round, Whymer said he didn’t make a big deal out of it before his players hit the course.
“Really you just have to hit a pure shot,” Whymer said. “If you hit a ball that cuts into it, it’s not as affected. I don’t really tell them much different, just play your game. If you’re good enough to play in the wind, you kind of plan for it.
“On individual shots, I would say, ‘OK, which way is wind the blowing here?’ when I went around to individual players, but as far as a general idea, it’s just a play-your-game type of thing.”
Northern finishes the league season 6-2, with both losses coming against North.
“They’re good — they have a pretty good team,” Whymer said. “They just played well today. They’re an older team, and we have a bright future ahead of us, because we are graduating nobody and have a lot of returners.
“It was disappointing. They’ve won in the past, and I think the expectation is to win the Red. So to finish second, it’s disappointing. But I think that there’s a lot to be proud of with our season.”
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