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Lady Bulldogs shoot season-low score to blaze by Comets

Highland junior Rece Portell hits an approach shot on the second hole en route to carding a 47 and winning medalist honors Wednesday at Highland Country Club.
Highland junior Rece Portell hits an approach shot on the second hole en route to carding a 47 and winning medalist honors Wednesday at Highland Country Club. News Leader

The hours spent honing their game is proving fruitful for the Highland girls golf team and it was evident Wednesday at Highland Country Club. The Lady Bulldogs shot a season-best team score of 199 to blaze by the visiting Greenville Comets (227) by 28 strokes Wednesday at Highland Country Club.

“Tonight we shot our best team-low score so all of those hours of work is now paying off,” Highland coach Gina Hirsch said. “The girls have been staying late to work with coach (Brendan) Bargetzi and (Brendan’s father) Gary (Bargetzi) has been helping out every day he can. I can really say that this is the result of a total team effort.”

The Bulldogs’ four scorers posted the top four scores in the match and Highland’s top three golfers all finished within three shots of one another.

Junior Rece Portell was the match medalist with a low round of 47 while sophomore Audrey Wilke finished just one stroke behind Portell with a 48.

All of the extra work on the course is perhaps paying the biggest dividends for junior Gabi Berolatti, who carded her best round of the season with a 50.

Junior Kayla Davis rounded out the Bulldogs’ team score with a 54.

Rece had a solid night on the par 3s, where she made some really long putts to convert par.

Wilke started off a little shaky with a 10 on the first hole but then she settled down and played some really good golf. A big highlight for Wilke was executing a birdie on the eighth hole. She had a great drive followed by a solid chip on to the green. The sophomore then drained a 15-foot putt to subtract a shot from her score.

Hirsch said Berolatti has been hitting some pretty straight drives and now some work just needs to be done on her approach shots.

“She had four bogeys tonight but she is hitting her clubs so much better that her distance is different,” Hirsch said. “We just need to go and get to the driving range and figure out her new yardages. She drives the ball about 250 yards which is pretty long. That means with an accurate second shot she could be on the green on a par 5. I was truly amazed at her athletic ability.”

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