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Silver Creek slips past Lady Cats

September 07, 2011
The last time the North Harrison Lady Cats golf team played Silver Creek the Lady Dragons won by a 30-shot margin. This time around, host North Harrison showed improvement and almost pulled off a win, falling by two strokes at the New Salisbury Golf Course last Tuesday.

North Harrison’s Devan Smith shoots a round of 38 for the low of the day against visiting Silver Creek last Tuesday. As a team, the Lady Cats finished just two shots behind the Lady Dragons. Photo by Wade Bell
"They're all improving," North Harrison coach Rob Higdon said. "Devan (Smith) has played the last two weeks as good as she's played all year. Jalisa (Jones), that was her lowest round. That's the first time she's broke 50. That was also Amanda's (Barnett) lowest round. I think that was Shana's (Johnson) lowest round. I'm happy. I'm just tickled to death."

Smith, Jones and Silver Creek's Kameron Salings and Kimi Fluhr had little problems on the first two holes. On No. 3, Salings found the trees on her first and second shots before getting back in the fairway. Smith and Jones both looked to be in good shape through four holes. Smith was hitting the longest drives of those on the course and has done that without the help of a driving range.

"We have this little area out by the first hole that we use sometimes, but I'm too long for it," Smith said, "so I don't really use it. Today, it was really dry, so everybody was getting some long drives."

The fifth hole was close to being a major problem for Smith. The Lady Cats senior had left her putter lying in front of Salings' ball near the green, and, when Salings chipped, the ball bounced off the putter. Smith thought that would be a penalty against her, thereby negating the birdie she had just tapped in. Rattled by that, Smith saw her tee shot on No. 6 go low and flat halfway down the fairway. She learned later there would be no penalty as the rule said it would have gone against her had she hit her own club.

"It kind of got under my nerves, the penalty on five that I thought I had," Smith said. "I was excited when I found out I actually birdied that hole."

No. 5 is also the hole that Smith likes best at the New Salisbury course.

"If I hit a good drive, I'm up there past the first green, and I know what club to hit from there to get on the green," she said. "I have a pretty good chance at eagle or birdie. That helps me a lot."

Smith had just one other problem from that point: hitting out of bounds on the final hole. The North Harrison senior finished with a round of 38, 10 shots better than Silver Creek's Salings, who was the runner-up at 48. Jones finished third with a 49. As a team, the Lady Cats were two strokes back, 201-203.

"This is the best round we've played all year," Higdon said. "What we shot today was the lowest we've shot all year. It's a little short of my goal. I want to get a nine-hole score under 200, and we almost made it."

"We were two short today," he said. "Of course, this is our home course and that was theirs. So, that makes a difference, too. Whether it makes that much difference I don't think so, but it does make a difference. You've still got to hit the shots."

While Smith may have had the longest drives of the day, the North Harrison senior said her short game was the best part of her play.

"It's just reading the greens and getting the speed down," she said. "Sometimes you can hit it just a little bit softer and it will end up a foot short. I liked the way they were today. They were just right for speed; the breaks were pretty easy to read if you play the course almost every day."

With the conference and sectional matches just down the road, Smith said she is confident and hopes to advance to the regional and maybe beyond.

"I've been playing well, and, if I keep it up, then I've got a chance and maybe going to regional and even possibly state," she said. "I hope so. If you hit a bad shot, you just put it out of your mind so it doesn't affect you on the next shot. That's pretty much it. Once you get going, it's a confidence boost. I feel real good about it right now."

Higdon said he hopes playing this well against Silver Creek will give his team the boost it needs going into the post season.


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