The Cardinal Ritter Girls Golf Team took on Bishop Chatard Monday at Riverside Golf Course. For this match up, the teams changed things up a bit and had a match play competition, just like the Solheim Cup or the Ryder Cup. This gives the girls a different perspective on how to play the match. The goal is to beat your opponent on each hole, regardless of your score. Whoever wins the most holes wins the match.
The overall score was Chatard 4 wins, Ritter 1 win, and two pairings finished all square. The one victory for the Lady Raiders came from freshman Lydia Schembre, winning five holes and losing four. The pair came into the final hole all square, and Lydia kept her focus, stared pressure in the face, and went on to win the final hole and take home the W. Junior Annie Melton battled her opponent close all evening, but fell behind by two holes with only two holes remaining. In true Melton style, she decided she would not give in to her opponent and proceeded to win the next two holes. Just to put an exclamation point on the challenge, Annie finished the last hole with a birdie!
Senior Lizzie Knight had the other tie of the evening after falling behind by one early in the match. But she fought back to take a one hole lead going into the final hole. However, the Chatard girl must have been watching Melton, as she too finished with a birdie to square up the match. Lizzie just couldn’t coax her twenty-five foot, down hill birdie putt to fall in the hole.
Two other close matches involved fellow seniors Emma Grider and Macy Berghoff. Both girls finished with one hole won, three ties, and five holes lost. Overall a pretty good showing considering their two opponents have been playing for a few years, and these only both picked up the game in July of this year!