The Madison County High School girls’ golf team didn’t meet its goal of a top-five finish, but coach Doug Kesler offered his own take on the Lady Raiders’ eighth-place showing.
“We had an Elite Eight finish I guess you could say,” he said.
Led by Kelsey Hochstetler’s 90, Madison County shot a 183 Monday at Indian Mound Golf Course on Jekyll Island. Glenn Academy won the state title with a 154. Cortney Boggs added a 93.
Madison County’s fellow Region 8-AAAA school, Apalachee, shot a 220.
The Region 8-AAAA champion Lady Raiders managed the “Elite Eight” finish on a tough course that featured one 170-yard par 3 and a 516-yard par 5.
“I thought it was a pretty good day,” Kesler said. “It was a tough layout. It was a lot longer than we had been expecting.”
Hochstetler shot a 42 on the front nine and finished with a 48 on the back. Boggs, who set the school scoring record on two separate occasions this year, struggled on a few early holes but eventually rebounded.
Playing but not scoring were Emily Mann (100) and Katie Jane Phillips (122).
Finishing in the top five is a goal the program, which returns all four starters, can work toward next year, Kesler said.
Boggs and Hochstetler have become year-round golfers, so Kesler expects their games to only grow stronger. Meanwhile, Kesler said Mann is a good athlete, and he expects that Katie Jane Phillips, who is only a freshman, to improve in 2011.
Kesler noted that the roster could also become deeper next year.
“We’ve got a few others that are talking about coming out,” he said. “So practice will be more competitive.”