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.
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 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.”
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.
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 next plays at Sequoyah National Golf Course at 4 p.m. on Aug. 26.
Pictured at the top of the article is Highlands Ryan Talbert shooting over a pond in the pouring rain.