Albert Gallatin’s golf team played solid enough Tuesday afternoon to secure the Colonials’ first win of the season with a 251-282 non-section victory at Duck Hollow Golf Club against visiting Beth-Center.
The victory was highlighted by Albert Gallatin’s Paige Metts securing her first birdie in section competition when she rolled in a long birdie putt on the third green.
The Colonials’ Matt Karpeal was medalist with a 10-over 45 on the front nine at Duck Hollow.
“I had a few bad drives that left me to punch out and save pars,” said Karpeal.
Karpeal also had a tough time gauging the speed of the greens.
“I started out missing (putts) long. I tried to ease back. It didn’t work,” said Karpeal.
Karpeal, who plays at No. 1, is a veteran presence on the young, inexperienced Colonial squad, although he’s only a sophomore.
“I want to try to fit in with everyone else. I just want to be one of the golfers,” explained Karpeal. “I want to try to shoot my best, but mostly I want to go out and play my game.
“I’m trying to shoot in the high 30s, low 40s, and be consistent.”
Jacob Elias, playing at No. 5 man, shot a 48 for the Colonials. Brenden Pento finished with a 52. Metts and Zach Wingrove both shot 53 to close out the scoring rounds. Kohl Felio’s 54 wasn’t used.
Leonard Johns was the low man for the Bulldogs (0-2) with a 51. Gavin Durkin shot 54. Blake Shashura finished with 55. JJ Paternoster had 56 and Gianna Peterson rounded out the scoring with 66. Madie Crile’s 68 wasn’t used.
“We are a very, very young team and inexperienced,” said Beth-Center coach Ben Lipniskis. “They’re all good kids. They listen and are coachable. They’re all good students.
“It’s a good group to work with every day. They want to learn.”
Lipniskis has a very basic approach as the season progresses.
“My goal is to make sure they have a good time, learn the rules of the game and get along with other people,” said Lipniskis. “It’s ‘my team first and winning comes second.’
“It’s a day-to-day thing. I have no favorites. (The top four golfers) are based on scores.”
As for scoring, Lipniskis added, “I impressed upon them all six golfers are important to the score.”
The Bulldogs jump right back into action this afternoon when they travel to Carmichaels Golf Club to face Brownsville in a Section 8-AA match. Then, Beth-Center returns home at Chippewa Golf Club on Thursday afternoon when it entertains Jefferson-Morgan in another section match.
The Colonials begin Section 2-AAA play Thursday when they host Ringgold at 3 p.m.