Independence’s depth proved to be the difference in a 189-191 win over visiting Hawken in a key Chagrin Valley Conference match at Shawnee Hills Golf Course on Thursday.
Hawken’s Ella Wong and Kate Peterson recorded the two lowest scores of the match but Independence’s four scorers bunched together their scores to pull out the narrow victory.
“Hawken has a really nice program,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “Ella and Kate are really good golfers but I was very, very proud of all the girls today.”
Hillary Esper paced the Blue Devils with a team-low 44. Molly McGreal carded a 46, Emma Konopa shot a 48, and Adriann Buyansky closed out the scoring with a 51.
“Emma and Molly had a little bit of a rough day but Hillary backed them up with a strong 44,” Schuld said. “Hillary has been golfing really well for us. She’s really come a long way. Her putting and her chipping are improving every day. Adriann Buyansky had one rough hole and that hurt her score a little bit but she came in with a solid 51. She’s learning every day the little things you need to do to score on a golf course and that’s what it’s going to take out of our fourth scorer.”
Buyansky rallied behind her teammates to put together a solid round.
“The difference is today I had a very positive attitude and mentally believed in every shot, which is a good strategy for me,” she said. “The big win was a big confidence boost. It feels good having the team pull together for another close win. (It) shows me that the team is coming together and we will only become stronger from here.”
Independence hosts the Blue Devils Classic on Saturday.