FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- Heading into the final leg of the season and after its first 11 matches, the Aurora varsity girls golf team sported an impressive 9-2 record.
It is only the second time in the last eight years that the girls have reached nine wins. In the process they brought home third place at the Mentor Invitational, and scoring is down an average of 10 strokes from last year for a typical nine-hole round.
With two matches to go, the girls had hoped to get some more wins before the season-ending tournaments begin.
Eight of the first 11 matches saw junior Asia Lerner and senior Natalia Nelson as the medalists. "Both have brought their great swings to set the tone for the team," said coach Noah Goodman.
Meanwhile, the Erins --Grohe and Murphy -- have been instrumental to the team's success. Grohe has been a stabilizing score in the middle of the lineup, while Murphy has put in extra time on her short game and is starting to see the ressults on the course.
Junior Sydney Shock and freshman Gia Leone are new to golf and the team this season. Shock has constantly improved, according to the coach, setting personal bests almost every match.
"Leone is playing like someone who has played way more rounds than she actually has logged," said Goodman. "Her scoring has helped the Greenmen achieve some victories that might not have happened otherwise.
The girls look forward to finishing the season strong and continuing to make Goodman proud, with good showings at the Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament (today, Sept. 18) at Glen Eagles and the Division I sectional tourney (Sept. 30) at Tammer Win.