Blue Devils sweep tri-match

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Independence Girls Golf

Independence geared up for the postseason with a tri-match sweep of St. Vincent-St. Mary and Aurora at Barrington Country Club on Wednesday.

The Blue Devils shot 196 while SVSM finished with a 207 and host Aurora came in with a 220.

“Considering what a tough course Barrington is, I was so pleased with way girls played tonight,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “They’re hitting it better, placing it better and even though I think the long rough gave them trouble, all three teams had problems with it, we’re working really hard on our short game and it’s starting to pay off.”

Emma McGreal led the Blue Devils with a 43 while Morgan Pascarella finished with a 47, Allie Ksiazka carded a 52 and Hannah Botzman shot a 54 despite a lost ball penalty on the final hole. Alexis Kovesdi finished with a 56 for the Blue Devils.

“All of those scores were elevated due to the playing conditions,” Schuld said. “I was a little surprised when the scores came in. I thought from what I was seeing we were going to be a little lower than that. That’s the best I’ve seen us hit the ball all year.”

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