The Lady Leaf golfers are getting ready for the postseason as the girls notched wins at the conference meet and their home finale.
Geneseo at NIB 12 Conference Meet
While there is no official conference champion for girls’ golf in the NIB 12, the Geneseo Lady Leafs shot themselves to the top of the standings at the Oct. 1 conference meet with a 369.
“Whenever you can win an invitational or tournament you have to be happy about that,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “The course we played was pretty tough and you really had to place the ball well. The girls had to think about their shots and club selection, which will benefit us in regionals.”
Emily VandeWiele paced the Lady Leafs with a second-place finish with an 87; while Monica Lieving shot an 89 to place fourth overall.
Abby Wilebski finished in ninth place with a 95; followed by Ashley Farrell with a 97; Bailey Ries, 104 and Abby Frank, 108.
“Emily shot very well and did a great job navigating the course,” said Brucher. “I am really pleased with Abby Wilebski. She has gotten a lot better and has really improved her putting.”
Geneseo’s freshman/ sophomore squad also competed at the conference meet and combined for a 442.
Recording scores for the F/S were: Taylor McKean, 102; Emma Vandemore, 110; Amber Dauksas, 112; Sierra Sommer, 118; Corey Panicucci, 128; and Lilly Henderson, 129.
Geneseo at Galesburg
Over the weekend, the Lady Leafs took home a fourth-place finish at the Galesburg Invite Sept. 28 with a team score of 383.
“I was pleased with how we played on Saturday at a course we hadn’t played at before,” said Brucher. “Monica played really well and did a nice job.”
Lieving led the squad with a second-place finish overall and the low sophomore score with an 83.
Farrell chipped in a 96; followed by VandeWiele with a 101.
Wilebski shot a 104; while Ries finished with a 106 and Frank a 110.
Geneseo vs. Alleman/ Riverdale
In their final home match of the season, the Lady Leafs notched a 178-198-233 victory over Alleman and Riverdale Sept. 25.
“As a coach, that was good because when you have senior night, you feel it is a little bit of a distraction and you hope your players can shift from the celebration to competition, and we did that,” said Brucher. “We had five of our six varsity girls score in the 40s and that is what you need in postseason time.”
Lieving carded a 40 to earn medalist honors on the par 35 course.
Page 2 of 2 - Farrell, VandeWiele and Wilebski all shot 46s for the course; while Ries carded a 48 and McKean a 51.
Geneseo’s junior varsity combined for a 205 score on the day.
Scoring for the Lady Leafs were Vandemore, 49; Dauksas and Sommer each with 51; Frank, 54; Panicucci, 57; and Henderson, 72.
The Lady Leafs begin postseason action Oct. 9 at the Mercer County Regional at Hawthrone Ridge.
“This is the point it becomes as much about them as anything else,” said Brucher. “The goal is to advance to sectionals and win the regional. We hope to advance to sectionals and play well enough to put ourselves in position to win it.”