Girls golf dominates conference
With seniors Katie Benziger and Jane Rothweiler finishing conference with the best two scores, the varsity girls golf team ended their season with success.
At regionals, the girls placed sixth out of eight teams, beating Evanston and Niles West. Leading the Warriors was Benziger with a score of 91. “At regionals, I was proud to see each of the girls shoot their best for the season,” head coach John Hauenstein said.
On Sept. 30, the girls ended their conference meet with a total score of 418; the girls were led by Benziger with a score of 90 and Rothweiler with a score of 95. “The girls I was playing with and I bonded really well which made the whole experience so much better.The weather was also so much better than last year,” senior Madeleine Larson said.
Starting off earlier in the season, on Aug. 17, the Evanston and Niles West match was won by the warriors with 152 for Maine West, 170 for Evanston, and 197 for Niles West. “I had my best score here, 31. I was so proud of myself after the match,” Rothweiler said.
A week and a half later on Aug. 31, the Warriors took a loss against Maine South; though the defeat did not affect their season outlook. “My favorite match this year was against Maine South. I remember having so much fun because it was a two person scramble and I was paired up with one of my good friends, Madeleine Larson,” Rothweiler said.
In another scramble against Evanston, the Warriors enjoyed their playing time. “The other girls I was playing with were so welcoming, nice, and easy to talk to,” Larson said. On Sept. 9, one of the girls’ last regular season matches, the Warriors defeated Hoffman Estates by five strokes,191-196. Leading the girls were Benziger with a 39 and Rothweiler with a 47.
While juggling Covid restrictions, the team was on the lucky side and received more opportunities to play this season, even if it wasn’t always easy. “It required lots of flexibility and it required being able to change your schedule from daily activities,” Hauenstein said.