Highlands School girls golf team took on Rabun Gap and Cherokee on Tuesday at Highlands Country Club. The Lady Highlanders team is made up of Anna Stiehler and Ryan Talbert, so they don’t compete in team scores, but it should be noted that Stiehler placed 3rd overall, missing second by two strokes shooting a 41.
Stiehler said she played well but had a couple of rough patches throughout the day.
“Hole 2 was tough for me,” she said. “It’s not a hard hole to begin with, but my tee shot put me into a very awkward lie in the bunker. My shot out was not good and I had to chip onto the green and 2-putt for a double bogey.”
This was Talbert’s second time teeing off at HCC and said it was a good day because she parred her first hole in competitive play.
“I think I did okay, I had confidence with myself and kept a good attitude,” she said.
Talbert added that she may not be draining hole-in-ones, but she’s happy to be on the team.
“I really enjoy playing golf with Anna and being on the team with her,” said Talbert. “I’ve also made a bunch of new friends playing golf this year!”
Stiehler said keeping that positive attitude can be difficult at times out on the course.
“I constantly struggle with getting very frustrated with myself on the course, but I was very relaxed at the match and did not once get mad at myself,” said Stiehler. “That’s one of the major things I am continuing to work on right now. The mental side of the game of golf is probably the most complex side.”
The Lady Highlanders next compete at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 against Hayesville at Mountain Harbour.