Technology in golf has made great strides in recent years.
High school coaches can now sit in the club and track their individual players and team results hole by hole.
That came in handy Anne Maitland of Jefferson as her team made school history on Friday.
Photo Gallery:Monroe County Girls’ Golf Championship
The Bears came from behind to win the Monroe County Championship for the first time.
“I didn’t think we had won it before, but I wasn’t sure until I looked at the trophy now,” Maitland said as her girls celebrated their title by standing individually with the trophy. “There are a lot of Bedford and Monroe out there, but this is Jefferson’s first.”
It was a great moment for Jefferson Golf.
“This is huge, especially since Jefferson isn’t always the greatest,” Maitland said. “But these girls are between the ages of 30 and 2 (in doubles matches) for the past two years.”
It wasn’t easy.
Jefferson never drove until the last three holes at Green Meadows Golf Course.
“It was very close,” Maitland said. “St. Mary (Catholic Centre) was driving most of the day, then she was Bedford. I was finally sweating out waiting for the last girl from Bedford to finish.”
Jefferson finished with a run of 383, hitting the team’s goal by shooting under the 400.
That was seven strokes better than Bedford and 12 better than defending champion Gibraltar Carlson. SMCC took fourth place with a score of 416 followed by New Boston Huron 425, Airport 445 and Summerfield 449.
Maitland made use of the technology at her disposal to track her girls and visit her players on the course at moments when it seemed like they needed some training.
“I’ve done it a few times,” she said. “Sometimes when someone is down, they need it.”
Jefferson had three players in the crack 100, with Riley Dunn tied for third with 92, Kaley Calvin in fifth with 94, and Olivia Beer in sixth with a score of 95. Casey Maitland was Jefferson’s descent with 102.
“This group is really driven,” Maitland said. “They have a lot of skill and a little luck. It doesn’t matter what it is.”
The singles champion was Elena Smith of Bedford, who shot 90.
“It wasn’t like, ‘I have to win this,'” she said, “but I’m definitely happy.” “He’s showing great progress since my first year.”
Smith said accuracy was her greatest strength on Friday.
“You did really well at the 3-second level,” she said.
Gibraltar’s Annika Irwin Carlson, who finished a two-stroke second behind her, was in the group just behind Smith. Bedford Sr. tried not to think about the battle for medals of honor.
“I try not to look at the results so as not to overwork myself,” Smith said.
Irwin, a junior, did not play in many 18-hole events. Carlson was full of seniors last season, so she mainly competed in the junior competitions.
“This is the first time I’ve played where medals have been handed out,” she said. “This definitely sets the standards.”
She was happy to see her team take third place.
“Our new students have really gone up,” she said.
Here are the four highest scores for each school:
Jefferson (383): Rylee Dunn 92, Callie Calvin 94, Olivia Peare 95, Kaycee Maitland 102.
Bedford (390): Elaina Smith 90, Ashlen Trimmer 99, Elyse Czarnik 100, Lauren Werbiansky 101.
Carlson (395): Anika Irwin 91, Brooklyn DesJardins 92, Andria Konczal 103, Madison Cooper 109.
SMCC (416): Gracie Gentry 95, Nora Kinsey 100, Alaina Wille 109, Ana Cuccia 112.
Huron (425): A.J. Skene 103, Gia Dean 106, Addison Bozynski 107, Brooklyn Burke 109.
Airport (445): Hana Ruff 96, Sophie Bucky 100, Ava Geezy 120, Marina Lambrex 129.
Somerfield (449): Eli Noland 106, Delaney Hoffman 112, Mackenzie Ernst 115, Cameron Taylor 116.