Lady Bears golf opens season with two wins on the green 3-9-16

The PCHS Lady Bears consist of (l-r) sophomore Kayla Petrowicz, freshman Sloan Lanier, junior Anna Tiller, senior Natalee Boatright, and freshman Kelsey Russell.

Pierce County High School’s Lady Bears linksters opened their season with a pair of nine-hole wins.

PCHS shot a 138 team score to beat Brantley County by 22 strokes Monday, February 29, in the first match of the year at Lakeview Golf Course.

Sloan Lanier garnered medalist honors with a round of six-over-par 42. Natalee Boatright and Kelsey Russell rounded out the three-girl team score with rounds of 45 and 47 respectively. Kayla Petrowicz followed with a 49 and Anna Tiller carded a 54.

Brantley County was paced by Kinsley Dowling’s nine-hole score of 47.

The Lady Bears traveled to play Camden County at Osprey Cove Country Club in Kingsland the following afteroon. PCHS shot a 136 to win the dual match with the Wildkittens, who posted a 149 score.

Lanier was low medalist for the match with a four-over-par round of 40. Boatright’s 45 and Tiller’s 48 finished off the team score. Russell and Petrowicz posted rounds of 51 and 53 respectively.

Camden County was paced by Ally Holloway’s round of 44.

“We are already making strides better than where we were at last season,” said head coach Erica Grady. “We still have a lot of work left ahead of us throughout the season, but I am excited in the progress we have made.” 

The Lady Bears competed in the Glynn Academy Lady Red Terror Ryder Cup Saturday, an 18-hole two-person scramble event with some of the best programs from across the state playing. The field consisted of 21 schools and 46 two-man teams.

Lanier and Boatright competed in Flight A carving out a one-under-par team score of 71 to tie for 10th in the 14-team flight. Glynn Academy won the flight with a blister six-under-par score of 66. 

Petrowicz and Russell carded an 82 in the 32-team Flight B division to finish in 21st-place. Tiller was paired with Woodward Academy’s Naya Hawkins-Harrison with the pair posting a score of 85 to finish 23rd.

“I am very proud of these girls,” said Grady of the showing. “They have worked hard and prepared for this season-opening tournament. To come out here, and as a whole team, finish in the top 25 against stiff competition is remarkable.”

PCHS hosted Camden County Tuesday. The Lady Bears face Ware County today (Wednesday) at the Okefenokee Country Club, and go to Chateau Elan in Braselton Saturday to compete in the West Hall Invitational.