by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — The Heritage High School girl’s golf team appears ready for its assault on another Cap 8 Conference championship.
The Huskies kicked off the 2013 season Monday with a first place finish in the opening match, which was played on the links at Heritage Golf Course.
Heritage completed the nine holes two strokes ahead of second place Wakefield followed by Millbrook, Wake Forest, Enloe, Leesville-Road, Broughton and Sanderson.
Rhea Bhatia was the Huskies low scorer with a 37 and Kendra Dalton finished with a 40. The Huskies Hannah Whitt fired a 48.
“I told the girls that they scored better than they played,” said Heritage coach Ronnie Reitz. “I told them they would score better as the season goes, but I am happy with their results.”
Reitz said Dalton played better than she scored but it was enough to get the job done.
“Rhea hit a lot of good shots and really did a great job,” he said. “She stays very focused and loves competing.”
Whitt’s score also helped her team finish first, said Reitz.
“They are going to be chased by several teams that have really improved so they had better not let their guard down,” he said.
Amanda Levy of Wake Forest shared low medalist honors with Lily James of Enloe. Both girls shot a 36.
“It was a great way to start her senior year,” said Wake Forest coach Kevin Lynch.
Levy started the match strong and within the first three holes, she had two birdies and one par.
“I felt confident in my own game,” she said, “especially since I’ve been working so hard at putting on greens and reading the break right.”
She said a difference in her game is that she has been working on staying positive. “I hope to have better scores to come for the season too,” Levy said.
The Cougars Samantha Bennett finished the day with a 40 and Madie Fingers had a 48.
Casey Burroughs led Wakefield after playing a solid round and shooting a 37. Teammates Shreeva Singh and Cara O’Malley added a 44 and 45, respectively.
“I was overjoyed with my team’s results,” said Wakefield coach Carolyn Reitz. “I certainly have witnessed their personal desire to challenge themselves and to go all out 100 percent.”
“They are a really focused group and they know how to make serious improvements to their game,” Reitz added. “They are now trying to play smart golf such as how to play the course and are learning how to club themselves properly, meaning how to read a green and not just to hit the ball and hope for the best.”
Reitz said Burroughs has worked all summer and her score reflected that.
“Cara played well, but she was not satisfied with her score,” Reitz said. “What she did was certainly good enough to help the team.”
“Shreeva posted her best high school round and shot at least eight shots better than last season,” Reitz added.
Reitz said she believes her team was surprised by the good results.
“They definitely don’t want to move backwards,” she said.
The next conference match is scheduled for Monday, September 9 at North Ridge, hosted by Millbrook.