MHSAA Division II State Finals
Payton Leedle participated in the MHSAA Division II State Finals Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek. The Linden senior shot a 101 on Friday and a 91 on Saturday.
MHSAA Division II Regionals
Linden Senior Payton Leedle shot 87 at the MHSAA Division 2 Regional Tournament at Fenton Farms Thursday (10/12) to qualify as an individual for the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. Leedle finished 8th overall in the tournament. She was 3rd place among individuals who's teams did not qualify for the State Finals. The top 3 individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the State Finals as individials.
After hitting her opening tee shot right down the middle, Leedle found her ball in the middle of an unrepaired divot, which led to a triple bogey 7 on her first hole of the day. She composed herself and recovered nicely with six pars and one birdie en route to her 87.
This will be Leedle's first ever appearance in the State Finals and she will be the first girl to represent Linden in the State Finals since Hannah Joslin in 2014.
The MHSAA Division 2 State Finals will be held Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek.
The Linden Girls Golf Team tied Byron Monday (10/2/17) 214 - 214 in a match on the front 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. Byron won the tiebreaker based on the scores of the 5th golfers for each team. Payton Leedle led the Eagles with a 44 and was medalist for the match. Heather Crampton was next in scoring for Linden. She shot a 51. Isabel Wright shot a 53 and Deanna Jenkinson shot a 66 to round out the scoring for the Eagles. Jillian Wright shot a 68 and Kylee Mason, playing in her first ever competition for Linden, shot a 73.
Flint Metro League Championship
The Linden Girls Golf Team tied for fourth place with a team score of 398 Wednesday (9/27/17) at the 2017 Flint Metro League Championship Tournament. Fenton won the event with a score of 333. Linden was tied for fourth with Holly in the tournament. The tie with Holly means that Linden and Holly also tied for fourth place in the overall league standings. Fenton was the winner of the Metro League for 2017.
For the Eagles, Payton Leedle shot a really solid round of 82, which was good for a tie for second place in the tournament. The senior was also named after the tournament to the All-Metro League First Team. She will be one of the contenders to make the State Finals as an individual in the regional tournament on October 11th. The regional for Linden will also be held at Fenton Farms.
Isabel Wright was next in scoring for Linden, the senior shot 100, which is the lowest 18-hole tournament score in her high school career. Also scoring for the Eagles were senior Deanna Jenkinson with 105 and senior Heather Crampton with 111. Crampton was named Honorable Mention All-Metro League based on her overall season's play.
Sophomore Alyssa Bowen shot 113 and freshman Hanna Baldwin shot 116. Those were also career low 18-hole tournament scores for both Bowen and Baldwin.
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Owosso 201-205 Wednesday (9/20/17) on the back 9 at Owosso Country Club. With the victory over Owosso the Eagles finish Metro League match play with a record of 4-4. Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match. Leedle shot a 43. Heather Crampton and Deanna Jenkinson both shot 52 for Linden and Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for the Eagles in the match with a 54. Although her score didn't count, Hanna Baldwin recorded her career low for a 9-hole match with a 55.
Greater Genesee County Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 401, their lowest tournament score of the season, to finish in 8th place out of 11 teams in the Greater Genesee County Tournament. The Tournament was played Monday (9/18/17) at Flint Elks Golf Club. Senior and Team Captain Payton Leedle shot an 83 which was good for a tie for 6th place individually in the tournament. Leedle's round included one birdie and seven pars. The other three scores that counted for the Eagles were all shot by seniors. Heather Crampton shot 103, Deanna Jenkinson shot 106, and Isabel Wright shot 109.
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Brandon 212 - 248 in a dual match Friday (9/15/17) on the front 9 at Spring Meadows. The Eagles are now 3-4 in Metro League play. Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match. Leedle shot a 46. Heather Crampton earned runner-up medalist for the match by shooting a 50. Isabel Wright was next in scoring for the Eagles with a 53, and Hanna Baldwin rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 63.
Vs. Swartz Creek
The Eagles Girls Golf Team lost 195 - 210 to Swartz Creek in a dual match played on the back 9 at Spring Meadows on Tuesday (9/12/17). Linden is now 2-4 in Metro League play. Payton Leedle took co-medalist honors for the match with a 45. Heather Crampton and Isabel Wright both shot 51 while Alyssa Bowen and Hanna Baldwin finished the scoring for the Eagles with 63s each.
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a dual match to Kearsley Wednesday (9/6/17) at Flint Elks Golf Club. The score of the match was Kearsley 189 and Linden 204. The loss dropped the Eagles to 2-3 in Metro League play. Payton Leedle shot a 47 to lead the Eagles. Next in scoring for Linden was Deanna Jenkinson with 51. Isabel Wright carded a 53. Sophomore Alyssa Bowen also carded a 53. That was the career low score for a 9 hole match for Bowen. Sophomore Jillian Wright shot a 54. Although Wright's score didn't count for Linden, the 54 was also the lowest round of her career.
The Linden Girls Golf Team fell to 2-2 in Metro League play after losing to Fenton 163 - 212 Tuesday (9/5/17) on the front 9 at Tyrone Hills. Leading the scoring for Linden was Payton Leedle with a 46. Heather Crampton shot 50, Isabel Wright shot 57, and Deanna Jenkinson shot 59.
The Linden Girls Golf Team improved to 2 and 1 in Metro League play by beating Holly 198 - 221 Monday (8/29/17) on the front 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. The Eagles were led by two seniors. Payton Leedle shot her season low 9-hole round of 43. Heather Crampton also shot a 43. Both Leedle and Crampton were co-medalists for the match. For Crampton, the 43 was the lowest 9-hole score of her Linden career. She made three pars and one birdie during the round. "I finally played some really good golf today, It was fun playing well and winning," said Crampton after the round. Seniors Isabel Wright and Deanna Jenkinson both shot 56 for the other two scores that counted for the Eagles.
Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot 420 as a team and took 5th place of the nine schools that competed Monday (8/28/17) at the Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament. The tournament was played at Fenton Farms in rainy conditions. The Eagles were led by senior Payton Leedle who recorded seven pars on her way to shooting 90. That score was good for 7th place individually among the 49 athletes who competed. Senior Isabel Wright was next in scoring for Linden with a 106. Senior Heather Crampton shot a 108 while senior Deanna Jenkinson rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 116.
The Pre-Season Tournament and the Metro League Championship scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th will be used along with all of the league matches to determine the final Metro League standings.
The Linden Girls Golf Team improved to 1-1 in the Metro League with a win over Clio Thursday (8/24/17) at Clio Country Club. The score of the match was Linden 228 and Clio 232. Linden senior Payton Leedle was medalist for the match, shooting a 46. Seniors Isabel Wright and Heather Crampton carded 59 and 60 respectively. Alyssa Bowen rounded out the scoring for Linden with the low 9-hole match score of her career, 63.
The Linden Girls golf team dropped their opening dual match of the season Tuesday (8/22/17) to Flushing at Spring Meadows County Club. The Eagles lost by 3 strokes, 210 - 213. Senior Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match, shooting the lowest score among the 12 competitors on both squads. Leedle shot a 45. Deanna Jenkinson, senior, was next in scoring for Linden with a 52. Senior Isabel Wright shot a 57 and senior Heather Crampton rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a 59.
The Linden Girls Golf team shot a 416 in the Hartland Invitational at Hartland Glen Golf Course on Monday (8/21/17). The Eagles were paced by Payton Leedle. Leedle recorded seven pars and one birdie en route to an 82. The 82 was good for an 11th place individual finish in the tournament. Deanna Jenkinson was next in scoring for Linden with a career low tournamant score of 102. Heather Crampton shot a 111. Hanna Baldwin shot her lowest 18-hole tournament score, 121. Alyssa Bowen also shot her career low tournament score, recording a 123.
Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up
The Linden Girls Golf team began their season Friday (8/18/17) by shooting a team score of 430 in the Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up at Lapeer Country Club. The Eagles were lead by senior Payton Leedle who finished 16th place individually. Leedle recorded her lowest tournament score in her four year high school career shooting an 86. There will most likely be lower scores to come this year as Leedle has worked very hard on her game over the past 12 months. Senior Heather Crampton also shot her lowest ever tournament score for Linden, posting a 107. Senior Deanna Jenkinson shot a 113. Freshman Hanna Baldwin and sophomore Alyssa Bowen were playing in a high school tournament for the first time. Baldwin shot a 124 while Bowen recorded a 137.
The Linden Girls Golf Team finished their season Thursday (10/6) at the MHSAA Division II Regional Tournament held at Flint Elks Golf Club. The Eagles shot a team total of 409 which was good for 7th place out of the 12 participating teams. All eight of the Flint Metro League teams participated in this Regional. Linden finished 4th out of the 8 Metro League teams. Fenton was the only team from the Metro League to qualify for the MHSAA State Finals. They finished in 3rd place overall in the tournament with a 361. The top three teams qualify for the State Finals. The winner of the tournament was Bloomfield Hills Marion with a 342 and the runner-up was Birmingham Seaholm with a 346.
Leading the scoring for Linden was junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 94 which was good for 19th place individually in the tournament. Next in scoring for the Eagles was senior Ashley Robinson who shot a 96. Senior Sydney Bond carded a 101 and junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 118.
Flint Metro League Championship
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team total of 396 and finished in 5th place in the Flint Metro League Championship played Wednesday (9/28) at Fenton Farms Golf Course. The 5th place finish along with a 3rd place finish in the Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament and a 3-4 record in league dual matches meant that the Eagles finished in a tie for 4th place with Swartz Creek in the 8-team Metro League. Fenton won the league title, while Flushing finished 2nd and Kearsley 3rd. Holly finished 6th while Brandon and Clio tied for 7th in the league. Todays tournament was played in cool and rainy conditions.
The low score for Linden was posted by junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 92 which was good for 8th place in the tournament. Based on the average of this tournament and the pre-season tournament, Leedle was 2nd Team All-Metro League. She missed making 1st Team All-Metro by one shot. The 92 in this round was the lowest 18-hole score of Leedle's Linden career. Senior Sydney Bond shot a 100. Bond was named to the 2nd Team All-Metro League based on her performance in both tournaments. Senior Ashley Robinson shot a 101. Robinson was named to the Honorable Mention All-Metro League Team. Junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden by firing a 103. It was the lowest tournament round of Wright's Linden golf career.
Linden Coach Jon Hamilton had this to say after the tournament: "I was fairly pleased with how we competed against the teams in our league this year. There are some good teams in the Metro League so finishing ahead of half of them is a decent achievment for the girls. I congratulate the Fenton girls and Coach Herbstreit on winning the Metro League again. I was impressed with the solid golf they played from the beginning of the season to the end."
Next for Linden is the MHSAA Regional Tournament at Flint Elks Golf Course on Thursday (10/6). They will be competing with every other team in the Metro League along with some other quality Michigan teams for three spots in the MHSAA State Finals. Players may also qualify individually for the State Finals at the Regional Tournament.
Vs Swarz Creek
The Linden Girls Golf Team won their final dual match of the season, defeating Swartz Creek by a score of 207-213 Monday (9/26) on the front 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. The match was played under extremely windy conditions. The win puts Linden's final Metro League dual match record at 3-4 and moves them into fourth place in the eight team league heading into the Metro League Tournament on Wednesday (9/28). Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match leading all scorers with a 46. Ashley Robinson earned runner-up medalist shooting a 49. Madison Paige shot her career low round by firing a 53. Sydney Bond and Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for the Eagles, both shooting 59.
Linden Girls Golf lost a dual match to Fenton Thursday (9/22) by a total score of 177-212. The match was played on the back 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. Payton Leedle fired the low score for the Eagles. Leedle shot a 47. Deanna Jenkinson shot 51, it was the lowest 9-hole round of her high school career. Isabel Wright shot a 55. Madison Paige rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 59. That was also Paige's career low 9-hole round.
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a dual match to Holly Tuesday (9/20) 201-208. The match was played on the front 9 at Heather Highlands in Holly. The low score for Linden was fired by Sydney Bond. Bond shot a 49. Next in the scoring for the Eagles were Payton Leedle and Ashley Robinson. Both shot 52. Deanna Jenkinson rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 55.
Greater Genesee County Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 402 Monday (9-19) to finish in 9th place out of 13 teams at the Greater Genesee County Championship held at Flint Elks Golf Club. The leading scorer for the Eagles was junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 93. Next in the scoring for Linden was senior Sydney Bond who shot a 94. Ashley Robinson shot a 103 and Heather Crampton a 112 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
The Linden Girls Golf Team won a dual match Thursday (9/15) versus Clio, 194-227, on the front 9 at Clio Country Club. Senior Ashley Robinson led the Eagles in scoring and was the medalist for the match. Robinson made par on three of her first four holes en route to a 7-over par 43. It was the lowest round in a 9-hole match in her high school career thus far. Sydney Bond tied her career low round in a 9-hole match with a 44 that earned her runner-up medalist honors along with Clio's Stephanie Gilles who also shot a 44. Isabel Wright and Deanna Jenkinson had the other two rounds that counted in the scoring for Linden. Both juniors shot 55. The win moves Linden to 2-2 in Metro League matches after a 3rd place finish in the Metro League Pre-season Tournament.
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a dual match Tuesday (9/13) versus Kearsley on the back 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. The score of the match was 192 - 209. Payton Leedle had the low score for the Eagles, shooting a 47 which was good for runner-up medalist in the match. The next lowest score for Linden was a 49 fired by Ashley Robinson. Sydney Bond shot a 52. Deanna Jenkinson and Heather Crampton rounded out the scoring for Linden, each shooting 61.
The Linden Girls Golf Team won their first dual match of the season Thursday (9/8) on the par-35 Hawk 9 at the Pine Knob Golf Course. Linden shot a team total of 188 while Brandon shot 206. The Eagles moved to 1-1 in Flint Metro League dual matches on the season. Linden junior Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match with a high school career low 9-hole round of 41. Leedle started her round with 3 consecutive pars including a holed out bunker shot on her third hole. This was the first time Leedle has ever taken medalist honors in a match. Seniors Sydney Bond and Ashley Robinson both shot 45. Robinson's round was also the lowest 9-hole round of her high school carrer. It included a near hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole. Her wedge shot hit the green 4 feet in front of the cup, checked up immediately and drifted just left of the hole. Bond's round could have easily been lower if not for a really bad break with an unexplainable lost ball on her last hole of the day. Her second shot was very well struck and hit just left of the green. Somehow the ball couldn't be found so she had to replay the shot with a penalty of stroke and distance. The lost ball cost her what most certainly would have been her career low round. Junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a round of 57. Junior Deanna Jenkinson carded a 59 and junior Heather Crampton came in with a score of 62.
The Eagles GIrls Golf Team lost their first dual match of the season Tuesday (9/6) to Flushing, 186-210. The match was played on the par 38 back 9 at Flushing Valley Meadows Golf Course. The medalist for the match was Flushing's Kerri Parks. Parks shot a 3-over par 41. Payton Leedle led the scoring for the Eagles with a 47. It was the junior's lowest 9-hole round for a match in her high school career. Ashley Robinson shot a 50, Sydney Bond Shot a 50, and Deanna Jenkinson shot a 62 to round out the counting scores for Linden for the match.
Flint Metro Pre-Season Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 414 and finished in 3rd place out of the 8 team Flint Metro League at the Pre-Season League Tournament held Wednesday (8/24) at Fenton Farms. Fenton finished first in the event and Kearsley finished 2nd. Payton Leedle shot the low score for the Eagles, using an even-bogey back-9 of 45 to card 96 for the 18-hole tournament. Sydney Bond shot a 98. At one point in her round she made three consecutive pars. The par streak came on holes 11-13. Ashley Robinson improved for the third round in a row, shooting a 108. Deanna Jenkinson fired the lowest 18-hole tournament round of her career, she shot 112. Her score rounded out the scoring for Linden as only the top four scores for each team are counted. Isabel Wright shot a 118. Coach Hamilton had this to say about the result: "I'm glad that we finished inside the top half of our league teams. These are the teams that we are going to be competing against in our matches and tournaments the rest of the season. We have improved in each tournament so far and I'm looking for us to continue that. If we can keep working hard on our games in practice and outside of practice I'm certain that we will. If we don't, we won't."
Flint Powers Invitational
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot 425 and finished 11th in the Flint Powers Charger Invitational held Monday (8/22) at Flint Golf Club. Junior Payton Leedle led the Eagles with a 95 that included a birdie 2 on the par 3 17th hole. This was Leedle's lowest 18-hole score in her high school career thus far. Senior Sydney Bond shot a 108. Junior Isabel Wright carded her lowest tournament score by shooting a 110. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles was Senior Ashley Robinson who shot a 112. The Eagles will look to continue to improve their scores at the Flint Metro League Preseason Tournament on Wednesday (8/24) at Fenton Farms.
Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up
The Linden Eagles Girls Golf Team opened it's season Friday (8/19) by participating in The Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up at Lapeer Country Club. This marks the fourth season under Coach Jon Hamilton. The Eagles shot a team score of 440 to finish the event in 18th place. Senior Co-Captain Sydney Bond paced Linden with a score of 100. Junior Payton Leedle shot a 101 while Senior Co-Captain Ashley Robinson carded a 118. Junior Isabel Wright shot 121. Senior Madison Paige played in her first ever event for Linden Golf and shot a 124. Coach Hamilton said after the tournament, "I thought we would play a little better than we did today, and I KNOW that we will play much better in our upcoming events."
The Linden Girls Golf Team finished their season Thursday (10/8) by shooting a team score of 411 at the Division II MHSAA Regional Tournament at Heather Highlands in Holly. The Eagles finished 7th out of the 11 teams that competed. The top 3 teams advanced to the State Finals next week at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek. The top 3 teams were Birmingham Seaholm with a 328, Grosse Point North with a 344, and Marian with a 357. Fenton finished 4th with a score of 362. Leading the scoring for the Eagles was sophomore Payton Leedle. Leedle shot a 45 on the back nine for an 18-hole total of 97. Junior Sydney Bond was next for Linden, firing a 98. Senior Makena Baldwin played in the last match of her high school career at Linden. Baldwin shot a 99. Baldwin played in varsity matches during all four of her high school years. She has been a steady player and a has shown great sportsmanship throughout her career at Linden. She will be very much missed next season. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles in the Regional Tournament was sophomore Isabel Wright with a 117 and sophomore Heather Crampton with a 118. Crampton switched last week from a left-handed golfer to a right-handed golfer. This was her first competition playing right-handed.
Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team finished their Metro League season Wednesday (9/30) by shooting 396 and finishing in 7th place out of the 8 Metro League teams that competed in the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament. Flushing won the tournament with a score of 336. The event was played at Fenton Farms Golf Course. The Post-Season Tournament makes up 50% of the final league standings. After their finish in the tournament the Eagles dropped from 4th to 6th place in the final Metro League standings. Fenton and Flushing tied for the league title. Makena Baldwin led the Eagles in scoring with a 95. The 95 combined with the 87 she shot in the Pre-Season Tournament earned her 2nd Team All-Metro League honors. The two tournament scores are averaged to determine 1st and 2nd All League teams. The top 8 average scores are 1st Team and the top scores 9-16 are 2nd Team. Last season Baldwin was Honorable Mention All-Metro League. The next best score for the Eagles was posted by Payton Leedle. Leedle shot a 96. Sydney Bond shot an even 100 and Ashley Robinson shot a 105 to round out the scoring for Linden.
Versus Swartz Creek
The Linden Girls Golf Team won a dual match Monday (9/28) versus Swartz Creek at Spring Meadows Country Club. Linden took the match by a score of 201 - 212. The victory puts Linden's final metro league record at 3-4. Linden will play Wednesday in the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms. The Tournament is used along with the Pre-Season Tournament and the team's dual match records to determine the Metro League final standings. The Eagles were led versus Swartz Creek by Sydney Bond. The junior continued her solid play of late, shooting a 47. Bond was medalist for the match for the first time in her career. The next score to count for the Eagles was posted by junior Ashley Robinson. Robinson shot a 49. She was co-runner-up for the match with Neeley Peterson of Swartz Creek. Robinson was just named The State Bank Athlete of the Week based on her solid play in three events last week. Sophomore Isabel Wright shot the lowest 9-hole round of her career with a 51. It is the third event this season in which her score was used for Linden. Sophomore Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 54.
The Linden Golf Team lost a dual match Friday (9/25) at Brandon at Pine Knob Golf Club. The Eagles fell by a score of 186 - 196. Brandon's Sky Kochan shot a 41 to take medalist honors for the match. Linden's Sydney Bond was runner-up with a 44. Bond recorded 4 pars in her round. Makena Baldwin shot an even-bogey 45 for the second straight match. Ashley Robinson finished off her solid week of play with a round of 48. Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 59. Linden will face Swartz Creek in a home dual match on Monday (9/28) and then will play to see where they finish in the conference standings on Wednesday (9/30) at the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms.
The Eagles Golf Squad won a dual match versus Clio Tuesday (9/22) at Clio Country Club. Makena Baldwin got back on track, closing with par, par on the finishing two holes on the tough front-9 at Clio Country Club. Baldwin posted a 45, which was good for medalist of the match. Ashley Robinson continued her strong play this week, taking runner-up medalist honors with a 47. Sydney Bond has been posting consistent scores for a couple weeks now. At Clio she shot a 48. Freshman Isabel Wright fired the best 9-hole score of her career, while contributing a counting score for Linden for the first time this season. She shot a 57. Hearther Crampton shot a 62 and Deanna Jenkinson shot a 70.
Greater Genesee County Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team struggled to an 11th place finish out of the 12 teams that competed in the Greater Genesee County Tournament Monday (9/21) at The Flint Elks Golf Club. The Eagles shot a team score of 393. There was a bright spot on the day for Linden. That bright spot was Junior Ashley Robinson. Robinson shot a career-best round of 87. Her round included two pars and two birdies. The birdies were on the par-5 15th hole and then on the par-3 17th hole. It is the third time this season that Robinson has paced Linden in scoring. Sydney Bond shot a 96, Makena Baldwin a 98, and Alex Premo a 112. Those were the only golfers that posted scores in the tournament for the Eagles.
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a tough dual match to Kearsley Friday (9/18/15) at Spring Meadows Country Club 185 - 191. The medalist for the match was Kearsley's Sarah Streit who shot a 42. The co-runners-up were both Linden golfers. Sydney Bond continued her solid play of late, shooting a 46. It was the second straight event in which she has led the Linden team in scoring after shooting a 92 at the Davison Invitational on Monday. Ashley Robinson also carded a 46. She has become a consistent scorer for Linden. It's the third event of the season that she has paced the Eagles in scoring. Makena Baldwin recorded three pars on her round, shooting a 49. Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 50. Alex Premo shot a 55 and Isabel Wright shot 59.
The Linden Golf Team participated in the Davison Invitational Golf Tournament Monday (9/14/15). The Eagles shot a team score of 425, mostly struggling on a tough Davison Country Club course. They finished in 14th place out of the 18-team field. Linden was 4th out of the 6 Flint Metro League schools that played in the event. The one stand out effort for Linden was put together by Junior Sydney Bond. Bond recorded her lowest tournament score of her high school career shooting a 92. She carded 6 pars on the difficult track. The 92 was good for a tie for 20th place overall in the tournament. Makena Baldwin shot a 105, Ashley Robinson a 106, and Payton Leedle a 122 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
The Linden girls lost a dual match to Flushing on Thursday (9/10/15) 186 - 207 at Flushing Valley Golf Club. The medalist for the match was Flushing's Brooke Thomas who shot a 40, two over on the par 38 course. Runner-up was Kerri Parks, also of Flushing, with a 42. The next lowest score in the match was shot by Linden's Ashley Robinson. Robinson shot a 48, recording two pars on the difficult Flushing Valley track. It is the second event this season in which Robinson has led the Eagles in scoring. More impressive considering that she picked up a golf club for the first time in her life two years ago. The rest of the scores for Linden were as follows: Sydney Bond 52, Makena Baldwin 53, and Payton Leedle 54.
The Linden Girls Golf Team claimed their first dual-match victory of the season Thursday (9/2/15), beating Holly by a score of 192 - 215 at Heather Highlands Golf Course. The Eagles were lead by Makena Baldwin and Sydney Bond. Both were co-runners-up with scores of 46. Jenna Pepper of Holly was the medalist for the match with a 45. Linden's Ashley Robinson and Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for the Eagles, each shooting a 50. Deanna Jenkinson and Heather Crampton played in the match for Linden. Jenkinson shot a 54 and Crampton a 62.
After the match Coach Hamilton said: "I was much more pleased with how we competed and stayed positive throughout the match today than I was Monday during the Fenton match. These are more like the scores I anticipated our group shooting this season. We will start to shoot even better scores if the girls can truly commit to learning the short game aspects of our sport."
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a home match to Fenton 182 - 206 Wednesday (8/31/15) at Spring Meadows. It was the first Metro League match for both teams. Keegan Miller and Margaret Berry, both Fenton golfers, were co-medalists in the match. The pair each shot 45. The Eagles were lead by Ashley Robinson who shot a 49. Makena Baldwin shot 50. Payton Leedle shot 53, Sydney Bond shot 54, and Alex Premo shot 60.
Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament
Senior Makena Baldwin fired an 87 to finish in 3rd place individually and lead the Linden Girls Golf Team to a 4th place finish Wednesday (8/26/15) at the Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament. The Tournament was played at Fenton Farms Golf Course in cool conditions. The 87 was the lowest tournament score in Baldwin's high school career. She recorded five pars and also had a birdie on the par-5 17th hole. She finished 3rd overall at the event. Flushing's Kerrigan Parks was medalist with a 78 and Fenton's Keegan Miller was runner-up with an 81.
The Eagles finished 4th with a team score of 380. Fenton won the league event with a score of 350. Flushing finished 2nd with a 364. Kearsley was 3rd at 372. Brandon was 5th at 404, Swartz Creek 6th at 410, Clio 7th at 423, and Holly 8th at 424.
All four of the scores used for the Eagles were under 100. All four were also the low tournament rounds for each player in their 2015 high school seasons. Sophomore Payton Leedle recorded five pars and shot a 97. Juniors Sydney Bond and Ashley Robinson both fired 98's respectively. Sophomore Alex Premo also shot her low tournament round of the season with a 112. She made a birdie 2 the par-3 7th hole.
Flint Powers Invitational
The Linden Girls Golf Team competed Monday (8/24/15) in the Flint Powers Invitational at Flint Golf Club. The Eagles shot a team score of 414 to finish 13th out of the 19 teams that competed. Makena Baldwin led the Eagles in scoring with a 95. Payton Leedle shot 101, Sydney Bond 105, and Ashley Robinson 113. Sophomore Alex Premo, playing in her first competition of the year, rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 123.
Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up
The Linden Girls Golf Team started their 2015 season Friday (8/21/15) at the Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up at Lapeer Country Club. The Eagles shot 397 as a team and finished in 9th place out of 23 teams in the field. Linden finished third out of the six fellow Flint Metro League schools that competed in the event. Senior Makena Baldwin paced Linden with a 91 which included a birdie and four pars. Baldwin finished in a tie for 13th place out of 115 girls in the field. She was tied with Keegan Miller of Fenton as the low finisher of all the Flint Metro League competitors.
Sophomore Payton Leedle also recorded a birdie and four pars, recovering from a 10 on her opening hole to shoot a personal best 99. Junior Ashley Robinson shot a 101 and junior Sydney Bond carded a 106. Sophomore Deanna Jenkinson, playing in her first high school tournament shot a 129 for Linden.
Coach Jon Hamilton, in his third year at the helm of the Eagles, had this to say about the tournament: "Overall I'm ok with how we played. I thought we might do a little better to be honest, but being our first tournament we'll live with the result and move forward. I like the way all our players competed. I was convinced before today and still am after today, that we are a much improved team from last year, and we did shoot 37 shots better than last year at the Lapeer Tune-Up in similar conditions. But I do expect us to play better than today. Not one girl really played her best during this round. There will be better scores posted in the very near future for Linden golf."
MHSAA Division 2 State Finals
Hannah Joslin represented Linden as an individual at the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing. The State Finals took place on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th. Joslin shot a 91 Friday at a tough Akers West course. On Saturday Joslin shot 89 on an a much worse weather day for a two-round total of 180. She finished the tournament in a tie for 22nd place out of 89 total players in the field. Joslin was the 5th place finisher among the 14 golfers who qualified for the State Finals as individuals.
MHSAA Regional Tournament
Joslin Qualifies for MHSAA State FInals!
Senior Hannah Joslin shot a 92 Thursday (10/9) at the MHSAA Regional Tournament at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce to finish in 10th place overall individually. Joslin was 2nd among girls that played on teams that did not qualify for the State Finals. That finish earned her a spot in next week's MHSAA Division 2 State Finals to be played at Forest Akers West Course in East Lansing. The Finals will take place Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th.
As a team the Eagles finished in 7th place at Regionals with a team score of 422. The top 3 teams among the 13 that played qualified for the State Finals. The teams that qualified out of the Eagles region were Auburn Hills Avondale, Bloomfield Hills Marion, and Birmingham Seaholm.
After Joslin's 92 the scoring for Linden at Edgewood was done by Sophomore Sydney Bond (104), Junior Makena Baldwin, who was playing on an injured knee (108), and Sophomore Ashley Robinson (118).
Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a 378 today (Thursday 10/1) to finish 3rd out of 8 teams in the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms Golf Course. This allowed the Linden to finish in 5th place overall in the final league standings. Flushing won the overall Metro League Championship while Holly was second. Fenton and Kearsley tied for 3rd ahead of Linden.
Senior Hannah Joslin shot an 87 to finish in 3rd place individually in today's event. The 87 combined with Joslin's score in the Pre-Season Tournament garnered her 1st Team All-Metro League honors. She earned 2nd Team honors last season. She has easily proven this season that she is one of the premier players in the entire league and area as a whole.
Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a career best 91 to finish in the Top 10 in today's event and earn a spot on the All-Metro League's 2nd Team. Sophomore Ashley Robinson also shot her career-low round today. She fired a 94. Robinson has only first picked up a golf club a little less than a year ago. Freshman Payton Leedle, playing in her first ever 18-hole event rounded out the scoring for Linden today with a 106. Freshman Kayla Sugg was also playing in her first tournament and she shot a 127 playing on a bad ankle.
Junior Makena Baldwin was not able to play today's tournament due to a knee injury. Had she played she most certainly would have earned 1st or 2nd Team honors. Only those that played in both the Pre-Season and Post-Season League Tournaments were eligible to earn 1st or 2nd Team honors. However Baldwin was voted onto the All-Metro Honorable Mention Team because of her solid play throughout the season.
With Baldwin, Bond, Robinson, Leedle, and Sugg all returning to the team next season, the future of the Linden Girls Golf Program should be on the rise. Next up for the Eagles this season is the MHSAA Regional Finals at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township. A trip to the State Finals will be on the line.
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Clio in a home dual match Tuesday (9/30) at Spring Meadows Country Club. Linden won by a score of 193 - 231. This was the last dual match of the season for the Eagles Girls. The win brings their season record to 4-4 (3-4 in league matches). Senior Hannah Joslin took home medalist honors for the match with a score of 5-over par 41. It was the fourth time she was the medalist in the 8 matches she played in. Sophomore Sydney Bond was the runner-up with a score of 47, the lowest 9-hole score of Bond's high school career. Also scoring for the Eagles was Sophomore Ashley Robinson with a score of 49. Freshmen Kayla Sugg and Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for Linden as each girl shot a 56. The 56 is Sugg's personal best.
The Linden Girls Golf Team dropped a dual match Thursday (9/25) to rival Fenton at Tyrone Hills Golf Club. Fenton won by a total of 175 - 211. Senior Hannah Joslin took Medalist honors for the match with a score of 39. Joslin made par on the first five holes, made double-bogies on holes 7 and 8 and then rebounded with a birdie 4 on the par-5 9th hole at Tyrone Hills for her 3-over par round of 39. Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a 48. Freshman Alex Premo scored for Linden with a 61. Sophomore Ashley Robinson and Freshman Isabel Wright both shot 63.
Versus Carmen Ainsworth
The Linden Girls Golf Team won a non-league dual match Tuesday (9/23) against Carman Ainsworth at Spring Meadows Country Club. The Eagles girls outscored Carmen Ainsworth 208 - 238. Linden was led by Senior Hannah Joslin earned medalist honors in the match with by shooting a 43. Sophomore Sydney Bond was the match runner-up with a 52. Also scoring for Linden was Sophomore Ashley Robinson who carded a 55 and Freshman Kayla Sugg who shot 58. The match was the first varsity compitition for Sugg.
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 401 to take 7th place Friday (9/19) at the Davison Invitational at Davison Country Club. Senior Hannah Joslin finished in a tie for second place in her class division with a score of 91. Junior Makena Baldwin shot a 97, Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a 101, and Sophomore Ashley Robinson shot a 112. Bond's score was the lowest 18-hole round of her high school career.
The Linden Girls Golf Team dropped a dual match to Kearsley 180 - 196 Thursday (9/19) at The Flint Elks Golf Club. Scoring for the Eagles in the match were Makena Baldwin and Ashley Robinson whom each shot 48. The 48 was the lowest 9-hole round in Robinson's high school career. Also carding for Linden were Sydney Bond with a 49 and Hannah Joslin with a 51.
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Brandon Monday (9/15) in a home dual match at Spring Meadows Country Club. Junior Makena Baldwin was co-medalist along with Kelsey Edwards of Brandon. Both girls shot even-bogey 45. Baldwin birdied the tough par 5 second hole. Next in the scoring ledger for Linden was Senior Hannah Joslin. Joslin also recorded a birdie on a tough 5-par, hers coming on the sixth hole at Spring Meadows. She carded a 46 for her round. Sydney Bond shot a 48. The 48 is the lowest score of the Sophomore's high school career. Bond hit her tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole to within five feet of the cup and then converted the putt for a birdie, her first of the season. Sophomore Ashley Robinson rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a 55.
The Linden Girls Golf Team dropped a dual match to Flushing on Friday at Spring Meadows 187 - 211. The scores for Linden were as follows: Hannah Joslin 47, Makena Baldwin 54, Ashley Robinson 54, Deanna Jenkinson 56 and Payton Leedle 56.
Versus Swartz Creek
The Linden Girls Golf Team continued on its road towards moving up in the Metro League standings by beating Swartz Creek today in a road dual match at Holiday Meadows. It was the first victory of the season for the Eagles. For the first time this season Linden was led in scoring by a golfer other than Hannah Joslin. Junior Makena Baldwin fired the best 9-hole score of her high-school career shooting a four-over par 40. She recorded four pars and had a birdie on the par-three second hole, hitting her tee shot within 3 feet of the cup and then converting the putt. Next for Linden was Hannah Joslin with a 51. It was an off day for Joslin who is dealing with an ankle injury but still playing in Tournaments and matches. It actually was only one bad hole that forced her score so far from her season average. She made a 13 on the water-lined, par-five seventh hole. Sydney Bond recovered from an off day at the County Tournament yesterday and fired a 52 at Holiday Meadows. Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for the Eagles. Leedle is a freshman and was playing in her first varsity event of any kind. She represented herself well with a score of 53.
Greater Genesee County Tournament
The Linden Girls shot their lowest team score of the year to take 3rd place at the Greater Genesee County Tournament at Davison Country Club. The Eagles finished at 383, behind tournament champion Davison and just one shot behind runner-up Grand Blanc.
The Eagles were led by Hannah Joslin who shot a round of 90 on a bad ankle that she severely sprained last night at Spring Meadows after a practice round. The score was good enough for a tie for 7th place individually. Makena Baldwin was next for the Eagles as she shot 92, her lowest tournament score ever in her three year varsity career at Linden. Also posting career low scores were Ashley Robinson who shot a 100 and Alex Premo whom, playing in only her second tournament as a freshman on the Girls Golf Team, fired a 101.
The Eagles as a team beat out all five of the Flint Metro League teams that played in the event today: Linden beat respectively: Flushing, Fenton, Swartz Creek, Brandon, and Clio. Kearsly and Holly were the only league teams not to participate.
Coach Jon Hamilton said after the tournament: "I'm really excited about our finish in this tournament. It is a great field on a tough course that is run really well. I felt all along this season that we could compete with the top teams in our league and today's full 18-hole event pretty much proves it. Now we need to keep improving and beat some of these teams in dual matches and then see what we can do in the league post-season tournament. The girls are really starting to improve like I truly believed that they could, and would. Today was a good day for the Linden Girls Golf Program."
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost to Holly in a dual match at Spring Meadows Country Club. Holly posted a team score of 196 while the Eagles shot 204. Hannah Joslin lead the scoring for Linden with a 47. Ashley Robinson fired a 52 while freshman Deanna Jenkinson, playing in her first ever high school event also shot a 52. Jenkinson made a par 4 on the first hole of her high school career, the 10th hole at Spring Meadows. Sydney Bond and Alex Premo were next for the scoring, they both shot 53 respectively.
Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament
The Linden Varsity Girls Golf Team competed today in the first ever Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms Golf Course. The tournament will coincide with the post-season league tournament to establish the league individual honors. The two events along with the results of the league dual matches will determine the final league standings.
Today the Eagles finished 4th out of 8 league schools. Three out of the five Linden golfers that participated today established their personal best 18-hole scores of their high school careers. Hannah Joslin took runner-up honors individually in the field with a score of 83. The 83 was the senior's lowest 18-hole score at Linden. Makena Baldwin and Sydney Bond both established their personal best tournament scores shooting 94 and 102 respectively. Alexandra Premo rounded out the scoring for the Eagles. The freshman shot a 117. She was playing in her first ever event as a member of the Linden Girls Golf program.
Powers Charger Invitational
The Eagles Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 396 at Flint Golf Club to take 8th place out of 18 teams in the Powers Charger Invitational. Their next match will be at Fenton Farms in the Flint Metro League Preseason Tournament.
Today Linden was led again by Hannah Joslin who took top ten honors at the tournament by carding an 88. She finished in a tie for 8th place overall. "Last week was a tough week for me so I'm really glad that I got in under 90 today and placed in the top ten. I'm excited to go forward and build on this round," said Joslin. Makena Baldwin fired a 99, which included and near hole-and-one on the par 3 17th hole. Her tee shot almost rolled in before settling a foot from the hole. She converted that putt for a birdie 2. "It's probably the best shot I've ever hit in competition. I'm glad my coach was there to see it. It was really exciting to walk up and see my ball that close," said Baldwin. Sydney Bond matched her career-low from last Friday with a 104. Bond said "It was very hot and much tougher conditions than last week so I feel like I'm improving." Ashley Robinson also showed improvement, she shot her career best score for an 18-hole tournament with a 104. "I am starting to feel more comfortable on the golf course now that it's my second year in the game," Robinson said after the round.
The team improved 38 shots from Friday's tournament in Lapeer. After the tournament Coach Hamilton said: "Improvement is what I was looking for and we really got it all the way around. It was a brutally hot day and the girls persevered through it. I'm really hoping for a good showing in the League Tournament Wednesday. I don't see any reason we can't finish the event in the top half of our league."
If they can it will be a nice improvement already from last season in which the Eagles finished 7th overall in the 9 team Metro League.
Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up
The Linden Girls Varsity Golf Team began its 2014 season by competing in the Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up today at Lapeer Country Club. The Eagles finished 15th out of 23 teams shooting a combined score of 434. Senior Captain Hannah Joslin paced the Eagle's scoring with a 93. This round came right off the heels of a tough three rounds in the AJGA Randy Wise Open at Flint Golf Club. That makes four 18-hole tournament rounds in four days for Joslin. Sophomore Sydney Bond was next for Linden shooting a 104. This was Bond's lowest 18-hole tournament round of her high school career. Junior Makena Baldwin fired a 108 for the Eagles and Sophomore Ashley Robinson rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 129.
2nd year Coach Jon Hamilton said of today's tournament: "It was our first action of the season and it was in a tough tournament at a tough course. So while I'm not exactly enamored with our results today, which are very similar to our tournament results from last season, I am confident that each girl's improvements they made over the summer will start to show in our scores very soon."
MHSAA State Finals
Junior Hannah Joslin competed in the MHSAA Division 3 State Finals Friday and Saturday at The Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grandville. She competed as an individual based on her finish as medalist at the Regional Tournament. On Friday at the State Finals Joslin shot a 97. She followed that up with a 103 on Saturday.
MHSAA Regional Finals
Joslin wins Region, qualifies for State Finals!
Hannah Joslin fired a 91 to take medalist honors at the Division 3 Regional Finals today at The Emerald Golf Club in St. Johns. Joslin's 91, which included 6 pars on the extremely difficult greens at the The Emerald was the lowest score of all the competitors in the field. She had to finish in the top 3 among the girls playing for non-qualifying teams to qualify for the State Finals as an individual and she finished first overall. She will be representing Linden as an individual in the MHSAA State Finals next Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.
Makena Baldwin also played today in the Regional Final and shot a 117. She gained a lot of experience and hit the ball fairly well. The greens were severely sloped and extremely fast causing her problems all day, as they did for nearly every other player in the field.
Flint Metro League Tournament
The Linden Girls Golf team finished 7th out of 9 teams today at the Flint Metro League Golf Tournament at Fenton Farms. The finish also also allowed them to finish 7th in the overall conference standings.
Hannah Joslin paced the Eagles scoring with a 93. That score allowed her to finish 2nd Team All Metro. Makena Baldwin shot 103 and earned Honorable Mention All Metro. Ashley Robinson shot a 109 and Jenna Pekarek shot a 128 to finish out the scoring for the Eagles.
The Linden girls fell to Lapeer West in a makeup dual match today at Spring Meadows. The team totals were 203 - 214.
Ashley Robinson was the low scorer for the Eagles. Robinson shot a 50. The freshman began playing golf for the first time in her life last August. She finished as runner-up medalist in the match. Caycee Turczyn shot a 39 for Lapeer East. Otherwise Robinson beat every other player in the field. She recorded two pars on the day. It was the first time that she led the scoring for the Eagles. What will surely be the first of MANY times in her high school career.
The rest of the scoring for Linden was done by Hannah Joslin (54), Makena Baldwin (55), and Sydney Bond (55).
Greater Thumb Invitational
Joslin WINS The Greater Thumb Invitational!
Linden junior Hannah Joslin shot an 85 today at Metamora Country Club in Metamora to win the Greater Thumb Invitational. She had the lowest 18-hole and lowest 9-hole score in the entire field. Joslin fired a 39 on the back nine at Metamora. It was her first 9-hole score of the season in the thirties. Hannah's parents Lew and Jennifer Holloway and her grandparents were on hand to watch her be named the tournament champion. Lew is also the assistant coach for the team.
The team finished 2nd out of 5 other teams in their division and 7th out of 11 teams overall participating in the tournament. Ashley Robinson was Linden's second scorer for the first time in her career. She shot a 117 on the very tough Metamora track. Sydney Bond came in with a 119 and Makena Baldwin rounded out the soring for the Eagles with a 124.
The Eagles Girls lost to Swartz Creek in a dual match today at Spring Meadows by a score of 211 - 236. Linden was led by Hannah Joslin who shot a 54. Makena Baldwin shot 55. Ashley Robinson was the third scorer for the Eagles for the first time in her career. She carded a 60. Jenna Pekarek scored for the first time in a varsity with her score of 67. Sydney Bond also shot a 67. Kelsey Twomley also played in the match for Linden.
The Eagles Golf Team won their second dual match of the season today as they beat Carmen Ainsworth at Fenton Farms by a score of 205 - 208. The score of 205 is the lowest score of the season for Linden.
Hannah Joslin shot an 8 over par 43 to lead the scoring for the Eagles. She recorded 4 pars including back-to-back pars on her finishing holes 8 and 9. The 43 matched her lowest 9-hole score of the season. She finished second for medalist honors to Maghan Borgerding of Carman Ainsworth who shot 42.
Makena Baldwin posted the next lowest score for the Eagles and the third lowest overall for the match as she fired a 49.
Sydney Bond shot a 55 today and Ashley Robinson scored a 58, her lowest round of the year. Robinson recorded the second par of her career today on the 6th hole at Fenton Farms.
Jenna Pekarek shot her lowest score of her career, 66 and Kelsey Twomley shot a 70.
The Linden girls lost in a dual match versus Lapeer East today at Spring Meadows. It was a competitive match with the Eagles falling by a score of 202 -219.
Makena Baldwin shot her lowest score of the year for a 9-hole dual match. She shot 48 to pace the scoring for Linden.
Both Sydney Bond and Hannah Joslin posted the Eagle's next lowest score, each with a 54. Ashley Robinson rounded out the team scoring for Linden with a 63. Kelsey Twomley shot her lowest score of the year with a 69. If it weren't for a high score on the last hole of her round, Twomley would have been part of the scoring for Linden.
The Eagles Girls Golf Team shot 430 and finished 13th out of 17 teams at the Davison Invitational on Friday at Davison Country Club. Fenton finished in first place at the tournament and Powers Catholic was second.
Hannah Joslin continued her solid play and finished off a great week by shooting an 87 to finish runner-up in the 11th grade division. This concluded a week for Joslin in which she finished either medalist or runner-up in every event she played. She was medalist in dual matches at Holly and at Brandon on Tuesday and Thursday respectively and then runner-up in her division on Friday at Davison. "I'm hitting the ball better and better as the season goes on. Once my putting improves I feel like I can start shooting lower and lower scores," Joslin said.
Makena Baldwin shot a 99, breaking 100 in her second consecutive tournament. She finished in 9th place in the sophomore class division.
The three other Eagles who participated were all Freshman, Sydney Bond, Ashley Robinson, and Kelsey Twomley. Out of the 17 freshman that played in the entire tournament, 3 of them played for Linden. The Eagles were the youngest team in the field. Bond shot a 112, holing out from a bunker on the 6th hole. Robinson posted a 132. Both of those scores counted for the tournament. Twomley gained a great deal of experience in this event and held her own on a difficult course.
Coach Jon Hamilton said after the tournament: "I am really happy with how we went about our business today on the golf course and with how we are improving. This team is so young and so inexperienced that I didn't know what to expect. I have gotten nothing but positive comments at every event we have been to on the way in which our players handle themselves. I really am proud of the girls and very excited about our future."
The Golf Team fell in a dual match versus Brandon Thursday at Captain's Club. The 9-hole team scores were 208 for Brandon and 235 for Linden.
Hannah Joslin was the medalist for the event with a score of 46. She made two pars in a row on the tough second and third holes at Captain's Club.
Sydney Bond was the next lowest scorer for the Eagles as she fired a 57. Makena Baldwin shot 60 and Ashley Robinson posted a 72
The Eagle Girls lost a dual match to Holly today at Heather Highlands 204-233. Hannah Joslin shared medalist honors with Holly's Paige Johnson. The two of them both shot a 43 on Heather Highland's front nine. Joslin recorded her third birdie this season with a 4 on the par 5 second hole.
Makena Baldwin fired a 51 for Linden while Sydney Bond came in with a 56.
Dick's Sporting Goods Invitational
The Eagles girls finished 4th out of 6 teams in their divison at the Dick's Sporting Goods Perry Invitational at the Glenbrier Golf Club in Perry. They were 7th out of the 12 total teams that participated.
Hannah Joslin paced the Eagles with an 87 which earned her medalist honors for the division 3 and 4 side of the tournament. She was finished in 2nd place overall among all of the tournament participants.
Makena Baldwin shot a 98 to finish 8th in the tournament, earning her first top ten finish in her Eagles career. It was her best round of the season.
Sydney Bond shot 121 and Ashley Robinson shot 131. Kelsey Twomley was the 5th golfer for Linden as she played in her first ever 18 hole tournament.
Joslin places 6th in County Tournament
The Eagle Girls participated in their first 18-hole event of the season today at Clio Country Club, where the 2nd Annual Genessee County Tournament was held. Linden won the inaugural tournament last year but with all of the nucleus of that team gone except for Hannah Joslin, the young Eagles squad finished 11th out of 13 teams today at Clio.
Junior Hannah Joslin played by far her best round of the season and shot an 86 that placed her tied for 6th Individually for the tournament. Joslin recorded two birdies on her card including one on the 17th hole (her 8th of the day) in which she found her ball deep in the trees and recovered with an amazing pitching wedge from 105 yards over a large pine tree and on to the green. The shot left her with a 15 foot putt which she holed for birdie.
"I am happy and relieved to finally play the kind of golf I know I can this season," Joslin said after her round. "At the end of the summer I was playing the best golf of my life and then once the school season started I didn't play well for 3 matches in a row. Now I feel like I can build on this and have the season I was hoping for going forward."
Freshman Sydney Bond shot a 118 for the Eagles, while sophomore Makena Baldwin and freshman Ashley Robinson rounded out the scoring for the Eagles today with scores of 124 and 136 respectively. Jenna Pekarek also started today for the Eagles. Bond, Robinson, and Pekarek were playing in their first ever 18-hole rounds of their high school careers.
First year coach Jon Hamilton said after the round: "I am really proud of my team. It was a long day and the first real tournament for most of us. I actually received quite a few compliments about the way our girls conducted themselves today and that makes me as happy as anything. We are learning to say the very least, and for certain will struggle on many holes and in some of the rounds to come; but these girls play at a great pace and don't mess around. They follow direction very well. They will rise in this county and in our league in the years to come; I am as sure of that as I am of anything in this Universe."
The Eagles Girls lost an away match today against Kearsley at Flint Elks Golf Club. The Eagles posted their lowest team score of the season so far, 215 while Kearsley shot a team score of 200.
Junior Hannah Joslin and sophomore Makena Baldwin paced the scoring for the Eagles as both shot a score of 51. Both Hannah and Makena recorded pars on their 9th and final holes. Those were the only scores of par recorded by the Eagles team today.
Freshman Sydney Bond shot the lowest round of her short high school career today posting a 52. Freshman Ashley Robinson fired a 61 which was also the personal best score of her career. Sophomore Jenna Pekarek rounded out the scoring today, also shooting her personal best score for the Eagles with a 65. Jenna was playing in only her second high school match and she also shot her personal best score. For Bond and Robinson it was only their third ever match.
The Varsity Eagles Girls Golf Team earned their first victory of the year this afternoon in a home match versus Clio at Spring Meadows Country Club. This was also the first victory for new coach Jon Hamilton.
The Eagles were led by junior Hannah Joslin who fired a 48 to earn medalist honors for the event. Although not over-joyed by her score or by her ball striking, it was a seven shot improvement from her first match score two days earlier at Tyrone Hills. Hannah is the only upper classman on the squad and this year's team captain.
Sophomore Makena Baldwin was the match's runner-up carding a 54. Makena is working at practice on a few things that will allow her to gain a more consistent ball flight.
All of the girls will need to greatly improve their putting if this team is to move back to the level that the Linden golf program is used to. "As proud as I am of what this extremely young and inexperienced team has accomplished so far, I am just as disappointed in our putting" coach Hamilton said after the round.
Two freshman who have experienced their first high school competition this week, finished off the scoring for the Eagles today. Sydney Bond shot a 61 while Ashley Robinson fired a 64. Freshman Kelsey Twomley has also played in her first ever varsity golf matches today and Tuesday at Tyrone Hills. Robinson and Twomley are in fact playing golf this month for really the first times in their lives. They are both holding their own. Robinson has in fact already become the much needed fourth scorer and consistent presence on the team. Coach Hamilton calls it "an almost unheard of achievement for somebody of any age who not even a month ago picked up a golf club for the very first time." Bond has developed into a leader on and off the course, something that few freshman are expected to do but something that she has shown such a natural feel for that Coach "has just gone with it."
Coach Hamilton said after the round: "I am proud of this team. That we were able to improve from our first round to our second, and the fact that such a young and inexperienced group of girls was able to actually win a varsity match our in first week of competition is very, very encouraging. Now we just need to get infinitely better; especially around the greens."
On Tuesday August 27th the Linden Varsity Girls Golf Team opened its Metro League season versus Fenton at Tyrone Hills Golf Course. Fenton beat Linden 165 to 230.
Fenton set their school record with its score of 165 while Sam Moss broke the Fenton 9-hole individual record with a score of even par 36.
For the Eagles, junior Hannah Joslin led the scoring with a 55. Hannah made the Eagle's only score of par or better for the day, making a birdie on her final hole, the 9th at Tyrone Hills. Sophomore Makena Baldwin was second for Linden carding a 56 while freshman Sydney Bond shot 57.
Freshman Ashley Robinson, playing in her first high school match, and after having picked up a golf club for the first time in her life just a month ago, shot a 62. Coach Hamilton was somewhat "astounded" by her level of play and maturity. Ashley has made it to every single practice and played in an exhibition last week at Swartz Creek. She has worked very hard and is becoming a very respectable golfer in a VERY short time.