JEWELL - Night No. 2 of the spring season didn't live up to the hype of the opener for the South Hamilton girls' golf team yesterday afternoon at the Jewell Golf and Country Club.
After firing a team total of 203 last week in their opener, the Hawks fared 21 strokes worse and the result was a finish in the middle of a three-team pack.
Clarion-Goldfield posted a 213 in the blustery and chilly conditions to claim the triangular. South Hamilton had a 224 and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter was well back in third with a 270.
"The girls were disappointed in what they shot and it was more of a mental letdown than physical," South Hamilton head coach Kathi Fisher said. "They were stressing with the wind and it was cold, so we just have to get mentally tougher."
Clarion-Goldfield's top two sticks - Taylor Bakker and Mikaela Livengood - shared the medalist honor with matching rounds of 48. They were the only two players to break 50 on the par-36 layout.
Brittany Butler paced South Hamilton with a 51, one stroke better than teammate Maggie Peters (52). Bridget Bersch had a 60, Louise Lambert a 61.
Monday at Jewell Golf and Country Club
Clarion-Goldfield 213, South Hamilton 224,
Clarion-Goldfield (213) - Taylor Bakker 48, Mikaela Livengood 48, Rachel Pille 57, Jenalee Hinkle 60.
South Hamilton (224) - Brittany Butler 51, Maggie Peters 52, Louise Lambert 61, Bridget Bersch 60, Sarah Rudy 63, Karsen Hauck 68.
CMB (270) - Emily Newsom 66, Brittany Davies 65, Elizabeth Engle 68, Lindsay Page 71.
Co-medalists - Bakker (C-G) and Livengood (C-G).
Butler and Peters - the only two returning members off last year's varsity squad - both shot 45 in the first meet last week.
"It's early and, with only two varsity girls returning, we have a lot of shoes to fill," Fisher said. "We've got a lot of girls fighting for those (varsity) spots, so we'll see what happens."
Brittany Davies had a 65 to lead CMB.
South Hamilton will host West Marshall today at 4 p.m.