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Hornet golfers break two school records

CHIPPING ON: Rossville's Regan Younker chips on to the 18th green at Angel Hill Golf Course on Monday. Younker shot a 50 as the Hornets beat visiting Benton Central, 195-213.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Rossville girls golfers had a lot to celebrate after their 195-213 win over visiting Benton Central at Angel Hill Golf Course on Monday, with a couple of school records falling during the round.

“I think the girls are getting better every week, almost every day,” Hornet head coach Lonny Lawson said. “The scores are coming down. Tonight was the best we’ve had at 195 and if they can do that over the next couple of weeks and maybe take a few strokes off of that who knows what happens come sectional time.

“We’ll at least be in the running of up there toward the top if we can do that.”

Not only did Rossville set a nine-hole team record with their 195 breaking the old record of 197, but junior Emma Lawson set a school record with a 42 for nine holes individually. Her coach and father downplayed that considering the youthfulness of the Rossville program.

“Emma shot 42 which is the low nine-hole girls record so far for Rossville,” Lonny said. “I mean we’ve only had a program for girls for three years now, so that record’s kind of going down a little bit and that 42 set a new bar for that.”

Benton Central’s Shay Knowles actually took medalist honors for the match with a 38, but Rossville’s improvement farther down their lineup made those four strokes up and helped the Hornets set the team record.

“We’re young. Alex Schaefer, she’s brand new and she went out and shot a 50 tonight,” Lonny Lawson said. “Ashley (Emens) went out and shot a 58. She’s brand new and she’s been up in the 60s, so she’s dropping five to eight shots off her round already.

“Alex is dropping almost 10 off of her round,” he said. “Regan (Younker) … it’s really hard to pinpoint any of them because they all played really well tonight and I know they could do even a little bit better. (No. 2) Ella (Marley) struggled a little bit on a couple of holes and Regan, my No. 3, struggled on a couple of holes, but outside of that they played well. Get rid of those couple of holes, they are in the high 40s and we’re in the 180s.”

Along with Lawson’s 42, the Hornets got 50s from Younker and Schaefer and a 53 from Marley for their 195 score. Lindsay Roberts shot a 68, which like Emens’ 58 was not included in the team total.

The Hornets were to visit Pioneer on Tuesday before hosting the Hoosier Heartland Conference meet at Angel Hill on Saturday, which will also include Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie from the county.