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Springside’s Lownes captures golf crown

After Monday’s Girls Inter-Ac League Individual Championships at Gulph Mills Golf Club, 2009 champion Amanda Lownes (second from left) poses with fellow Springside co-captain Sarah MacEachern and with coaches Jamie Bell (left) and Kerri Rutan (right).

Shooting a five-over 42 on the par-37 front nine at Gulph Mills Golf Club, Springside School’s Amanda Lownes won the Girls Inter-Ac League Individual Championships on Monday, May 11. A senior headed for Penn State University, the lanky Lownes has turned in scores in the low to mid 40s throughout the season, and this consistency led to a steady performance at last week’s event, where some other of the league’s top golfers brought home inflated scores.

“I just kept to my game and played how I normally play,” the Lions’ leader said modestly.

After a birdie on the par-five third hole, Lownes gave back the boon with a double-bogie on the fourth, a par-three. After that she leveled out, with a few single bogies mixed in with pars allowing her to finish three strokes ahead of the runner-up, Academy of Notre Dame junior Amanda Davis. The only other scores in the 40s were a 48 by Notre Dame freshman Alex Stensland, and a 49 by Agnes Irwin junior Cassaundra Fincke.

Each league member sent its top three golfers to the event; the other players from Springside were sophomore Amanda Culp, who finished with a 50, and senior Sarah MacEachern, who scored a 53. Fast friends, MacEachern and Lownes were the team co-captains this spring for the Lions, who were guided by first-year head coach Jamie Bell and his assistant, Kerri Rutan.

As in most Inter-Ac sports, the official team championship was accorded to the team which earned the best record in regular-season matches. The title went to Notre Dame, whose only loss came in one of two encounters with Springside. The Lions, who also split two meetings with Episcopal Academy, were league runners-up with a record of 6-2, and EA was third at 5-3, followed by Agnes Irwin and Baldwin. The other two league members, Germantown Academy and Penn Charter, do not offer golf teams for girls.

Despite weeks of on-and-off rain, the Gulph Mills course was relatively dry for the individual championships. Junior Lauren Bernard, usually one of Notre Dame’s top players, uncharacteristically fired a 56. Another one of the premiere teams, Episcopal, received 50s from senior Emily Forgash and sophomore Amanda Terzian, and a 54 from junior Libby Eyre.

After her round, Springside’s Lownes noted, “The rough was very thick and the greens had just been aerated, so they were a little bumpy, but it played pretty well.”

 



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