Monday, February 6, 2023

Independence girls sweep Berkshire, Orange

Independence’s girls’ golf team opened its dual season on Tuesday with a pair of wins over Berkshire and Orange. The Blue Devils topped Berkshire, 178-245, at Grandview Golf Course then beat Orange, 180-215, at Seneca Golf Course.

All of the Independence golfers turned in strong performances.

Sophia Trombetta shot a 41 against Berkshire and finished the day with a 38 against Orange. Lyndsay Blum opened with a 44 and closed the day with a 40. Madeline Mindzora broke 50 for the first time this season with a 46 against Berkshire then shot a 51 against Orange to close the day with her first sub-100 score. Kaylie Kemenyes shot a 47 and a 51, Bryleigh Wise carded a 50 and a 51 and Maddie Harper shot 52 and 51.

“The person I’m most happy for is Lyndsay Blum,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “She’s been working so hard to get back to where I know she can be. A 40 out of Lyndsay, if we can get anywhere near there from her that’s a fantastic score.”

Blum helped herself with an incredible chip shot on one hole against Orange.

“She chipped in from this impossible location,” Schuld said. “Her mom and her aunt were there and we were all thinking if she gets it close it would be a miracle. She was on the side of a hill, had no green to work with and popped this thing up. It was real beautiful in the air, hit on the green, two bounces and rolled in. A pro would have been proud. It was a tremendous shot.”

That shot, and her combined score of 84, has Schuld confident Blum is on track to lower her future scores.

“In any sport you go through ups and downs,” he said. “She expects real high things out of herself and today I think was a breakthrough for her. I think we have her headed back where we want.”

Independence returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Canton for the Midwest Classic.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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