Daily Reporter staff reports
The Mt. Vernon girls golf team is hitting its stride early. After opening the season with a disappointing loss to Pendleton Heights last week, the Marauders are putting up nothing but W’s.
The team turned the corner Aug. 3 with a two-stroke victory against Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville 196-198 on their home course at Arrowhead.
On Tuesday, they improved to 3-1 on the year with a first-place finish during a three-way match at their former home of Old Oakland Golf Club.
Sophomore Charley True, who was coming off a medalist round of 38 against Shelbyville, once again came up big.
The 2015 state qualifier shot a 39 for the Marauders to take her third straight medalist honor as the team posted a collective 210. True, who placed 11th at the IHSAA state meet last fall, opened her 2016 campaign with a 35 for medalist distinctions.
Beech Grove was second behind Mt. Vernon in the three-way at 232. Lawrence Central was third at 234.
The Marauders face Eastern Hancock at Royal Hylands Golf Club in Knightstown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dragons keep rolling
The defending Hancock County champion New Palestine Dragons carried their momentum from this past weekend into Tuesday, defeating Greenwood on the road 157-180.
The Dragons were coming off an impressive team win on Saturday during the New Castle Invitational at Westwood Golf Course. Mackenzi Black was medalist in the nine-team event.
On Tuesday, Black, a junior, led the Dragons again with a nine-hole score of 36. Cassidy Harp fired a personal best 38.
Annalise Fox, a freshman, trailed Harp by one stroke at 39. Freshman Izzy Gray came in at 44.
The unbeaten Dragons travel to Madison County next for the Lapel Invitational at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Cougars bounce back, beat Rushville
The Greenfield-Central Cougars put a frustrating season opener behind them with a strong showing against Rushville at home on Monday.
The Cougars defeated the Lions 209-222 at Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Megan Garner shot a team-best 48 in the win. Lindsey McCord finished with a 51. Amanda Edwards carded a 54 and Phoenix Breese had a 56.
Royals open season with win
The Eastern Hancock Royals opened the 2016 season with a solid 212-218 victory on the road last week against Wapahani.
The Royals were led by Abby Fout’s nine-hole score of 49 at Hickory Hills Golf Course. Emiley Carlton followed with a 51. Alexis Young shot a 54, and Lucy Cochard completed the scoring with a 58.