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Trojans fall to Tigers in girls golf season opener

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Faith Firle, No. 2 golfer on the New Castle High School girls team, blasts the ball from the tee on hole No. 5 during Wednesday’s season-opening meet against visiting Yorktown at Westwood Golf Club. Firle shot a 50 for the third-best score of the meet.
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Macayla McGowan, No. 1 golfer on the New Castle High School girls golf team, putts the ball toward the cup on hole No. 4 during Wednesday’s season-opening meet against Yorktown at Westwood Golf Club. McGowan was low medalist of the meet with a 47, but the visiting Tigers prevailed as a team 211-226.
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Maggie Lewis (right), No. 4 golfer on the New Castle High School girls golf team, putts toward the cup on hole No. 4 as her Yorktown opponent watches during Wednesday’s season-opening meet at Westwood Golf Club. Lewis shot a 65 for the Trojans.
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Lylah Hutson, No. 3 golfer on the New Castle High School girls golf team, chips the ball onto the green near hole No. 4 during Wednesday’s season-opening meet against visiting Yorktown at Westwood Golf Club. Hutson carded a 64.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

The New Castle High School girls golf team opened its 2019 regular season Wednesday evening against visiting Hoosier Heritage Conference opponent Yorktown at Westwood Golf Club.

The Tigers, who wore the green shirts, defeated the Trojans 211-226.

Weather conditions for the season opener were rather good, a little warm but not too humid and with a light breeze blowing.

The Trojans have a rather young team this season with just four girls on the roster and no seniors. Last year’s No. 1 golfer Annie Gillock, who graduated this past spring and made the IHSAA state finals in 2018, was present on the course to cheer on her old teammates.

New Castle began the season with junior Macayla McGowan in the No. 1 spot, junior Faith Firle at No. 2, sophomore Lylah Hutson at No. 3, and sophomore Maggie Lewis at No. 4.

The final scores for the nine-hole meet followed form, as McGowan shot a 47 to become the medalist of the meet. Firle carded a 50, which was one stroke behind the runner-up medalist from Yorktown. Hutson shot a 64 and Lewis was one stroke back at 65 for the other two scores that figured into the team score.

“With the first meet jitters out of the way, we look to better our scores at the next meet this Friday evening with the Lady Bears of Shelbyville,” New Castle Coach Jill Leversedge remarked.

After Friday’s meet at Shelbyville, New Castle entertains Cambridge City Lincoln Monday evening at Westwood Golf Club. That meet with the Golden Eagles will be the final home meet for the Trojans for the rest of August, as they take to the road for seven straight meets or invitationals.

The first two of those are Wednesday against Shenandoah at Tri-County Golf Club and Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Lapel Invitational.