Independence edged visiting Chagrin Falls, 185-192, in a key Chagrin Valley Conference match at Shawnee Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.
All four Blue Devils scored 49 or better in the match.
“It was very exciting to beat Chagrin Falls,” said junior Hillary Esper. “It feels good to know that we all played well today and everyone contributed to our win. The encouragement and advice given by coach (Karl) Schuld also helped immensely to keep us focused and positive throughout the match.”
Molly McGreal claimed medalist honors with a match-low 43. Esper shot a career-low 45, Emma Konopa added a 48, and Kate Coljohn rounded out the scoring with a 49.
Esper thrived at the tee box and that set the tone for the rest of her round.
“It was my tee-to-green play that lowered my score,” she said. “Playing with another talented team helped to keep up the motivation and positive attitude, which leads to good rounds. It felt pretty nice to know that my low score would really contribute to our overall win, especially since it wasn’t an easy one. Playing well at the right time is something that came from staying calm after every shot.”
With a solid round to her credit, Esper is now more confident she can play consistently throughout the season.
“My round today showed me that even with a few mistakes, I can still manage to keep my score low,” she said. “That’s something I’ve improved on greatly from last year, and knowing that keeps me motivated to improve even more.”
Macey McGhee (50) and Adriann Buyansky (55) also competed for the Blue Devils.
Allie Holtz led Chagrin Falls with a 44. Christina Joseph and Allie Fischer both shot 47 and Sam Holtz carded a 54.