Highlands girls golf team drives through torrential rain at first match

It was a mixed batch of sunshine and heavy rains when Highlands faced off against Smokey Mountain and Franklin shooting 9 holes at Highlands Country Club on Tuesday.

The sky opened up with rain about halfway through the match at Highlands Country Club on Tuesday. Pictured above is Highlands Anna Stiehler right after the rain hit.

Highlands Anna Stiehler won medalist (golfer with the lowest score) by five shots shooting a 46 despite a downpour midway through the game.

“I feel like I played pretty good golf considering the conditions were terrible,” said Stiehler. “Getting this first match behind me is somewhat of a relief. I started out a little shaky, but once I got in the zone, I finished the last five holes pretty strong. I’m looking forward to competing in future matches.”

Highlands Ryan Talbert gets ready to drive at Highlands Country Club on Tuesday.

Highlands Ryan Talbert said the weather made the first match even more intense, but she’s excited to get back to it and work on her game.

“The first match was stressful and new to me,” said Talbert. “The weather made it that much harder. I’m anxious to get back to the range tomorrow and I’m looking forward to upcoming matches after I’m able to get more practice.”

As quickly as the rain began, it stopped and the sky cleared up.

Highlands Coach Brian Stiehler said conditions were miserable and the girls played soaking wet. He added he was proud of the girls for sticking it out and playing their best.

Highlands Anna Stiehler lays up at highlands Country Club after the rain on Tuesday.

The third member of the Highlands team is Jamie King who couldn’t make it to yesterday’s match due to illness. Teams must have at least three players to earn a team score .The final two groups couldn’t finish all 9 holes due to lightning.

Highlands Ryan Talbert keeps her cool while playing after torrential rainfall.

Highlands next plays at Sequoyah National Golf Course at 4 p.m. on Aug. 26.

A soaking Anna Stiehler eyes up her putt on Tuesday.

Highlands Ryan Talbert chips onto the green at Highlands Country Club on Tuesday.

At one point, Highlands Anna Stiehler had to buddy up with a Franklin player’s umbrella.

Head Coach/Dad/Batman to the rescue.

Pictured at the top of the article is Highlands Ryan Talbert shooting over a pond in the pouring rain.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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