The Press Newspaper
Emily Turski and her Cardinal Stritch Catholic girls’ golf teammates look like they’re ready to turn things up a notch as the regular season winds down.
The Cardinals, under first-year coach Jeff Gajdostik, shot a 194 team total on Tuesday at the Northwest Ohio Girls Golf League championships in Bowling Green. It was the lowest score of the season for Stritch, which finished seventh out of 12 teams. The team’s previous low was 199, in a win against Danbury at Maumee Bay.
Turski, a senior, leads the Cardinals with a 43 scoring average for nine holes.
“She struggled a little early on, but she’s playing well now,” Gajdostik said. “She’s been consistent. I think her worst score of the year is 49 and her best is 41. She’s consistently around 40-45. She’s a very good putter, so she makes up some strokes there, and she’s pretty long off the tee. Truthfully, she hasn’t played that well yet. I’ll be a little scared when she does.”
Junior Victoria Pinciotti, the team’s No. 2 player, is averaging around 47-48 shots for nine holes.
“She’s played great lately,” Gajdostik said. “She had a 41 last week and shot a 44 (Tuesday). She’s been working hard on her game and the work is starting to pay off. She is just consistently hitting it straight and peaking at the right time.”
Gajdostik said No. 3 player Maddy Niehaus, a junior, has an average in the mid-50s and has struggled of late.
“She played well at the beginning of the year,” the coach said. “She’ll get it back by the end of the year.”
Sophomore Sydney Tucker has been the Cardinals’ fourth score in matches for most of the season.
“She’s been playing pretty well, but she struggled real early,” Gajdostik said. “She had a 54 (Tuesday) for her best score of the year. She played pretty good last year, and she’s really turned it around after not playing that well early this season.”
Gajdostik added that he likes what he sees in junior Macy McGrady, who shot a season-best 54 on Tuesday.
“Macy is probably one of the harder workers on the team,” Gajdostik said. “She wants to get better and she practices quite a bit. Our (number) three through five girls are all pretty equal and are capable of shooting in the 40s.”
Gajdostik said he has high hopes for Stritch at the upcoming Division III sectional tournament at Ironwood in Wauseon.
“I want to see us win our sectional and do well at districts,” he said. “Last year they finished second at sectionals and finished second to last at districts. There will be a lot of good teams in our district. We could play well for one day and finish in the top two there. You never know.”