Consistency key to Bruins’ turnaround

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:33 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

If there were a pill for golfing consistency, the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team must have filled the prescription on Tuesday.

Rock Bridge finished second at a tri-meet with solid rounds from each of its top four golfers, for a total of 173. The Bruins finished one stroke behind Rolla and four ahead of Hickman at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.

It was quite a turnaround after finishing 12 strokes behind Hickman on Thursday at the Warrensburg Lady Tiger Invitational.

“That was the first tournament of the year and there was a lot of anxiety going into that match,” Rock Bridge coach Andrew Tiedemann said. “The girls were very unfamiliar with the course.”

Tiedemann said that golf is different from day to day, and on Tuesday the Bruins found their consistency.

“As long as you have five consistent players, you shoot very well,” he said.

Rock Bridge was led by junior Lindsay Martin who shot a 2-over 37 to take first-place honors. Hickman senior Payge Pleimann shot a 39 for second place. Rolla’s Jessica Weaver and Ashley Abbott carded scores of 40 and 41, respectively, to round out the four medalists.“Everybody played well,” Tiedemann said. “They just played their game.”

He was particularly pleased with Martin’s round.

“She’s a great player. The mental aspect of her game is tremendous,” Tiedemann said.

Hickman, on the other hand, could not find that consistency.

Hickman’s score of 177 came a day after shooting 170 against Helias on the same course. Hickman’s No. 1 golfer, Pleimann, produced a personal best of 36 against Helias, one stroke over par. She bogeyed the first hole, then strung together eight consecutive pars, a first for her.

Tuesday’s round didn’t have such highlights for Pleimann.

Hickman coach Doug Steinhoff noted there was room for improvement.

“It wasn’t a bad score, but if you want to win, it has to be better,” Steinhoff said.

Two Hickman players didn’t perform to their ability, he said.

Senior Anita Sadhu (48) was capable of scoring in the low 40s, he said. The same was true for senior Kendal Marshall, who shot a 42 in Hickman’s win against Helias but shot a 50 on Tuesday.

Hickman’s junior varsity fared better Tuesday, shooting a 199 to lead the three teams. Rock Bridge shot 208 and Rolla shot 239.

Hickman’s next match is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at L.A. Nickell against Sedalia. Rock Bridge plays Helias and Jefferson City at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

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