CAPAC – Marysville girls golf coach Wendy Palamateer took enough photos to fill an iPhone Monday afternoon at Holly Meadows.
A team picture with her. A team picture without her. A picture of the seniors. A picture of the underclassmen. Another team picture, this time with crazy poses. Each one was different, but they included one thing – the St. Clair County Golf Tournament championship trophy.
Palmateer’s Vikings finished with a 356, more than 50 strokes better than Capac, which was second at 410. Yale was third at 411, followed by St. Clair (473) and Port Huron (503).
“I was a bit nervous all the way around, but they played well in the end,” Palmateer said. “They’ve blown past my expectations this year. They’ve done fabulous.”
Capac’s Emma Kerr was the tournament’s medalist, shooting an 85. St. Clair’s Kara Likins was second with an 88, followed by Yale’s Libby Huston at 90, Marysville’s Jalyn Palermino at 92 and Marysville’s Natalie Green at 94.
“I played better than I have all season – finally everything clicked, thank goodness,” Kerr said. “I feel like I played way better than the score shows. Numbers don’t reflect how well I played. Finally it clicked and I saw the shots I knew I could hit, putts were falling, and I just finally did what I knew I could do.”
Kerr added that she was trusting herself more during the round that she had been earlier in the season. And a new piece of equipment didn’t hurt, either.
“I just got a new putter, and putts were just dropping in the hole,” she said. “Finally, I could trust that when I put the club in my hand, I knew I could get the job done, and I did. It was great.”
Marysville’s depth proved too much for the rest of the field to overcome in the team standings. Following Palermino and Green were Emily Holloway at 97 and Madison Nightingale at 103. Those were the sixth and eighth best scores of the tournament. The Vikings’ Nos. 5 and 6 golfers – Courtney Fair (104) and Ashlee Will (108) also would have scored for any other team in the tournament.
“Our girls have been led by our seniors Natalie and Courtney, and we have a lot of good long ball hitters, and it just blows your mind,” Palmateer said. “If they get in trouble, those long shots get them up to the green. They’ve done really well. A lot of these girls, I’ve known from 7 and 8 years (old).”
Hannah Ureel shot a 98 for Capac, while Alana Porter had a 107 and Jordyn Robinson shot a 120.
Kaycee Reid shot 105 for Yale, followed by Allie McIntyre at 106. Kylie Veldman and Alexis Bahr each shot a 110.
Joining Likins in scoring for St. Clair were Savanna Green (125), Lilly Beckman (126) and Megan Schedluch (134).
Scoring for Port Huron were Sara Haynes (114), Angela Hensley (119), Nina Kindle (119) and Kaitlin Hodgins (151).
Marine City’s Kayla Mars (130) and Felisha Block (140) competed as individuals in the tournament.
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