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Playing on their home course for the Tom Johnson Classic, Grant County girls’ golf coach Marcus Camacho expected his team to shine. So needless to say, the Lady Braves’ fourth place finish was not something he rushed home to tell his friends and family about.
Grant County’s final score of 361 was just one stroke from second place, putting the Lady Braves in a third-place tie with Villa Madonna, a spot they lost in a scorecard playoff to officially finish fourth overall in the team standings.
“I was a little disappointed in how we played. We should have done a lot better,” said Camacho, whose team finished more than 30 strokes behind the winner, Notre Dame. “But that’s how it goes. The course played a little longer than usual because of the wet conditions. But in no way did we execute the way we are capable of. We didn’t get the short game going.
“If two of the girls can find one shot anywhere on the course, we take second place,” he continued. “But we just didn’t get the job done.”
Two factors may have played a role in Grant County’s missteps, including heavy rain in the 24 hours before the event that left its mark on the course, as well as nervousness from hosting such a prestigious event on their home course. But Camacho was having none of that.
“These girls know this course, and while we are young, we are still an experienced team, so they should have played well,” he said. “But they’ve been in a funk for about three weeks now and just can’t seem to get out of it.”
Two Lady Braves finished among the Top 10 with Sarah Boden taking eighth place with a score of 80, two shots better than her average, followed by Macy Wright in ninth place with an 81.
Both players, who have been leaders for the Lady Braves all season, had one bad hole that really cost them in the match. Wright had a quadruple bogie on eight that hurt her overall score, while Boden had a double bogie on seven.
“Those two holes really hurt us,” said Camacho.
Other scoring for Grant County included Brittany Hudson with a 99, Hannah Davis with a 101 and Morgan Crupper with a 107.
While he is disappointed with the finish at the Tom Johnson Classic, Camacho knows his team is capable of much better. And that’s what he plans to work on over the next week as he gets his team ready for the regional tournament.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do this week to see if we can get something going before regionals,” he said. “The girls are capable of doing it, because they’ve done it before. We just haven’t made the improvements we need. In fact, we’ve been going backwards the last few weeks. So we’ve got to correct that.”