PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney girls' golf team opened its regular season Thursday afternoon at the Punxsutawney Country Club with a victory over Cranberry and Clarion, 222-236-256, respectively.
"This was the first time we've ever played Clarion and Cranberry," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "So, the girls were a little nervous, but they worked hard and pulled it off as a team. I'm very proud of them."
Each team sent six girls off the tees and counted the four lowest scores.
Punxsy's Lauren Giavedoni was low-scorer for Punxsy, shooting a personal all-time best 48 in the nine-hole contest.
"Lauren shot in the 40s for the first time today," Irwin said. "She consistently gets better and better each week. It was great to see that all her teammates were genuinely excited for her, as well."
Caroline Dunkel was Punxsy's second scorer, shooting a 53 on Punxsy's home course.
"Caroline's score definitely helped us pull ahead," Irwin said. "We know that we can count on her to bring in a low score."
With good scores from Cranberry and Clarion's low-scorers, though, what set Punxsy apart was consistently low scores across the board.
Marisa Stockdale shot a 58, and Lauren McGee shot a 63 to round out the scorers for Punxsy.
"Marisa and Lauren's 58 and 63 are what really sealed the win for us," Irwin said. "This was Lauren's first varsity match, and we used her score. That's great to see."
Punxsy's depth extended to its Nos. 5 & 6 scorers, as well, with Audrianna Delacour shooting a 64, just one stroke from scoring, and Sarah London shooting a 67.
"Sarah and Audrianna's scores were there for us if we needed them," Irwin said. "We could have used either of those scores and still won the match. That's the depth that will help us be successful this year."
Andrea Hoover was Cranberry's low scorer and the tournament's low medalist, shooting a 43, and Alexis Burns led Clarion's squad with a 56.
Punxsy has some time to prepare for its next scheduled match with over a full week off before it travels to DuBois Sept. 6.