Having missed several previous matches with an injury, Tristan Ray returned to the lineup for the Lugoff-Elgin on Monday in a 193-230 loss to Camden in a match played at the Camden Country Club.
Ray returned for the team after a week off and the time off showed, said L-E head coach Zoe Dommel. Ray fired a team-low 52 for the match.
“Tristan is still recovering and I expected her to be rusty. The time off will show up in the short game,” said Dommel.
Ava Neal of Camden was medalist, carding a 43. With two other Lady Bulldogs (10-2) scoring in the 40s, the Lady Demons were not going to be in this match.
Both Shaliyah Hudson and Savannah Butler posted personal bests for L-E. Hudson, a senior, posted a 60, lowering her previous best by three strokes. “You could see that this meant a lot to Shaliyah, and I think she thinks she can do better,” said L-E assistant coach Robert Blinkhorn.
Dommel said Butler has been working hard on her game and it showed on Monday as the freshman posted a 59 in spite of an opening-hole bogey. “Savannah keeps improving and progressing forward,” said Dommel.
L-E sophomore Brooke Jackson carded a 59. “Brooke is on the cusp of breaking 50 most days,” said Dommel. “We want to be able to rely on her to shoot around 50 and under. She’ll get there. It is just a matter of her believing that she can make putts and get out of trouble,” Dommel said.
Jessica Ni posted a 64 for the . The junior is normally very straight down the middle. On this day, her shots were going to the right. “We’ll take a look at her swing tomorrow and see if we can’t straighten her out,” said Dommel.
Tuesday, the Lady Demons fell to Ridge View, 223-241.
Ni posted the best score of the day for the Lady Demons with a 59. The Lady Demons were outscored by the Lady Blazers who were paced by Imani Belton’s 42. The senior low-medalist played a steady round for Ridge View and could have scored better, if she had been more comfortable on the greens.
Butler posted a 64. Dommel said the freshman is still trying to develop a variety of shots that will help her short game. Simar Singh and Joanna Ni both posted 70s.
“This freshmen class is eager to learn and a real pleasure to work with. If they will stick with it, we will have some depth,” said Dommel.