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Lady Chucks claim AML season kickoff

September 9, 2011

In this Aug. 25 file photo from a match against Clarion and Cranberry, Punxsy's Marisa Stockdale follows through on a shot on the sixth hole at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Stockdale shot a team-leading 54 in Punxsy's win over Brockway Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROCKWAY — The Punxsy girls' golf team kicked off its Allegheny Mountain League schedule with a win over Brockway Thursday afternoon in Brockway.

Five teams competed at the meet, and Punxsy entered the lowest score, but the only match that counted for record was the head-to-head matchup with Brockway.

Punxsy's overall record is now 3-0, with a 1-0 record in the AML.

Punxsy will host all four teams — Brookville, Brockway, DuBois and Ridgway — in its next meet Monday.

"As a team, we had the lowest score of the day," head coach Katie Irwin said Thursday after the match. "And although we were really only heading off against Brockway, today was a good sign for Monday's home match, where we'll be playing against all four teams."

Marisa Stockdale led the Lady Chucks with a score of 54, just two strokes behind the overall low-scorer, Ridgway's Brittnee Neubert.

Lauren Giavedoni finished with a 56 for Punxsy's second-lowest score, and Lauren McGee was just one stroke behind her with a 57.

Punxsy's scorers were rounded out by Caroline Dunkel, who shot a 60.

Sarah London (61) and Audrianna Delacour (62) rounded out the varsity scores for Punxsy.

Haley Schepis shot a 59 for the junior varsity squad — a tally that would have been low enough to score at the varsity level — and Julia Martino (66) and Kasey Prescott (73) also played the course as junior varsity players.

"Overall, the girls played well today," Irwin said. "Haley and Lauren McGee shot their best scores of the season, and Marisa had a great day and brought in the lowest score for the team."

Punxsy displayed its depth, once again, with the varsity scores being just eight strokes apart, and Irwin liked what she saw from a squad that has been kept off the course lately by Mother Nature.

"I'm proud of the way the girls played today," she said. "It's been difficult to get out and practice with the poor weather, and our last two matches were canceled. So, for them to come out and score the lowest for the day is really a big accomplishment."

The girls also displayed perseverance on a course that played more difficult than usual Thursday.

"The course was tough today," Irwin said. "With all the rain, there was a lot of casual water, and the rough was really thick. The ball just wasn't rolling, and that makes the course seem a lot longer."

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