Center Grove girls golf coach Jim Williams has experienced his fair share of long afternoons on the course.
Tuesday might be in a league of its own.
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Slow play kept the majority of the 40 players at Prairie View Golf Club, host of the annual Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Meet, on the course for close to six hours.
Once play concluded, Carmel secured the team title with a score of 312. Center Grove, the defending champion, finished a distant second with a 361.
Ben Davis came in with a score of 383. The Giants were the only other program to break 400.
“I was hoping that we could get down into the 335 to 345 range,” said Williams, who received scores of 81 and 86 from seniors Shelby Schier and Hannah Wilson, respectively.
“I think what affected us is it took six hours to play. In the past we’ve been out and done and waiting for everybody for about two hours. Without exaggeration. It’s just hard to hold concentration and all that. I guess it’s all relative, but for this situation I guess we did alright.”
Schier, the Trojans’ No. 1 player, produced a 41 on the front side and followed it with a 40 on the back.
She along with Wilson and sophomore No. 3 player Lucy Young know the Prairie View layout well having helped Center Grove to a sixth-place finish at the 2015 State Finals.
“I think I played alright. I struggled a little bit, but I think I held it together pretty well,” Schier said. “I think it’s how long it took to play. I think that affected everyone.”
Wilson produced a 44 on the front side and was better on the back with a 42.
“I’m pretty upset with how I played,” Wilson said. “I definitely could have done a lot better. My short game really struggled today, but I can’t complain too much. It will get better.”
Young completed her round with a 93, while junior Ashley Voyles shot 101. Senior Kirby Swails finished with a 104 for the Trojans.
“It played very similar to the State course. It’s usually much shorter for our conference tournament,” Wilson said. “That was really the only difference I would say. I was really excited to play the tees up a little more, but we didn’t get to.”
Carmel’s Rani Hecht won medalist honors with a 74.
Medals were awarded to the players with the top eight individual scores. This included Schier, who tied for fourth, and Wilson, who was seventh.
At Prairie View Golf Club, Carmel
Team scores: Carmel 312, Center Grove 361, Ben Davis 383, Lawrence North 439, North Central 441, Lawrence Central 490, Pike 500, Warren Central 516.
Medalist: Rani Hecht, Carmel, 38-36—74.
Center Grove scores: Shelby Schier 41-40—81, Hannah Wilson 44-42—86, Lucy Young 45-48—93, Ashley Voyles 51-50—101, Kirby Swails 49-55—104.