High school golfers take on Connestee Falls

Golfers from Highlands School and Blue Ridge Early College traveled to Brevard to play 9 holes at Connestee Falls Golf Club for the first match of the season on March 22.

After tallying teams’ scores, Highlands took 1st place, BREC took 2nd place, and Rosman took 3rd.

Highlands Anna Stiehler scored all-around first place shooting 42 and said Connestee was an overall fun course to play with some hills and difficult angels, but nothing too bad.

Highlands Anna Stiehler chips onto the green.

“I honestly liked some of the challenging angles on the course,” she said. “Personally, I feel as though the challenges are what can make golf fun. They can also make it very frustrating, it just depends on how you look at it. There were also a lot of deer. I think we saw them in groups of anywhere from 4-15 at a time. That was pretty cool. It’s not something you always see when you’re out playing golf.”

A group of deer gather under a blooming cherry blossom tree at Connestee Falls Golf Club in Brevard.

Steihler added that the most difficult thing for her during the match was staying in her zone.

“My main challenges were mental,” she said. “I was missing putts that I almost always make. Getting my mindset straight at the start is what I need to focus on from now on.”

BREC Carson Druffel chips a shot onto the green at Connestee Falls.

BREC Carson Druffel has never golfed competitively and said he thinks he played decent for his first match.

“The course was nice and fairly easy,” said Druffel. “The only reason I consider it easy is most holes were fairly flat, some holes were very difficult due to downhill dog leg holes and water hazards. The deer running through the course was awesome and I thought that was pretty dang cool.”

Highlands Mason Taylor sets one down right next tot he green on a par 5.

BREC Joe Madden takes one last look at the hole before putting.


Highlands JJ Postell sets up to drive the ball at Connestee Falls.

BREC Charlotte Sherrill chips onto the green.

Highlands Lawson Shuler checks the flags position before taking the shot.

BREC Steve Madden makes his way to the green on a par 5.

Highlands Win Dyleski drives at Connestee Falls last month.

Highlands Brent Sleight shoots a short chip and sets the ball down right next to the hole.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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