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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Golfers take second at invite

  • The Lady Leaf golfers went 2-1 this past week on the links, and also nabbed a second-place finish in invitational action over the weekend.
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  • The Lady Leaf golfers went 2-1 this past week on the links, and also nabbed a second-place finish in invitational action over the weekend.
    Geneseo vs. Galesburg
    Geneseo was edged out on its home turf Sept. 16 by visiting Galesburg by a score of 176 to 182.
    "This was our third home meet and that was our worst score we shot at home this year," said head coach Steve Brucher. "Chalk that up to one of those nights. Basically a couple girls didn't putt well and a couple were not real strong off the tee."
    Monica Lieving earned medalist honors for Geneseo as she shot a 38.
    Emily VandeWiele chipped in a 45; while Ashley Farrell shot a 48. Amber Dauksas added a 51; followed by Bailey Ries and Abby Wilebski with a 52.
    The junior varsity claimed its first win in its first match of the season with a 227 to 249 win over Galesburg.
    Abby Frank and Sierra Sommer led the team with 55s; followed by Taylor McKean with a 58; Emma Vandemore, 59; and Corey Panicucci and Lilly Henderson, 60s.
    Geneseo at Metamora Invite
    The Lady Leafs placed second out of 11 teams at the Metamora Invite Sept. 14 with a score of 390 just five strokes behind the winner Quincy Notre Dame with a 385.
    "The course was longer and the greens were really fast, but the girls collectively did a nice job and competed well," said Brucher. "The girls never gave in, didn't make excuses and did a nice job competing for all 18 holes."
    Lieving paced the squad as she took home a fourth-place finish with an 86.
    Farrell tied for 10th as she carded a 100; followed by VandeWiele and Wilebski with 102s; Ries, 105 and Vandemore, 114.
    Geneseo vs. Alleman/Rock Island
    Lieving helped propel the Lady Leafs to a home victory Sept. 11 as she shot three over par and parred each of the last six holes.
    Geneseo combined for a 176 to defeat Aleman, 191 and Rock Island, 225 at the Geneseo Country Club.
    Lieving shot a 38 on the par 35 course to earn medalist honors in the triangular; while Farrell and VandeWiele chipped in 45s.
    "We take Monica for granted a little bit because she goes out, shoots sub-40s every night and is playing very well. She is a good anchor," said Brucher. "Then between Ashley, Bailey, Emily and Abby Wilebski we have four girls who can shoot in the mid 40s.
    "Right now, we are giving other girls some opportunities and Amber, Abby Frank and Emma have played in that position. (Deciding who plays) is a combination of who is playing well and also knowing the course. Amber's game fits our course very well. It is not just who is playing well, but what the course looks like. We try to take the strengths of our players and match it up with what the course has."
    Page 2 of 2 - Wilebski and Dauksas each shot 48s for the day and Ries ended with a 50.
    Competing for the junior varsity were: McKean, 48; Vandemore and Panicucci, 54s; Sommer, 55; Henderson, 60 and Frank, 64.
    "We have a week off before we play again and once we hit next week, we are in the home stretch," said Brucher. "Now it becomes about honing and refining their game. The hardest thing to do is work on our weaknesses, but if we really want to get better we want to address our weaknesses."
    The Lady Leafs (7-1 overall) will be on the road next at Galesburg at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 and Sterling at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

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