As a team, Ridgeline was 10 strokes better Monday than last Thursday on the same golf course.
That was bad news for the rest of the Region 12 girls golf teams. The Riverhawk girls just keep improving even when there was some challenging weather for the first time this season as it rained during part of the day. No one in the region has been able to touch them this season, but they have bigger goals.
“Right now, our focus is state,” said Ridgeline’s Mak Tenhoeve, who carded a 79 Monday. “We try to keep our scores low so we are prepared and ready for state.”
With five girls among the top 10 individually, the Riverhawks cruised to another team title with a team score of 335 at Logan River Golf Course. Bear River was second at 388.
“There is always competition between the top four of us (Riverhawks),” Tenhoeve said. “We are always competing for our spots. It’s good to have competitions among ourselves.”
It really is a race for second in the region each outing. The Bears have been able to finish as runner-ups to Ridgeline throughout the season. So, in reality the real battle is for the final two state tournament spots from the region. The top four qualify for state.
On Monday, Mountain Crest was back in third with a score of 404. The Mustangs have been third at most tournaments, but found themselves in fifth last Thursday. However, on Monday Mountain Crest was 39 strokes better as a team than the last outing.
“Today is going a lot better,” Mustang Lyndsey Wall said after firing a 94 to take seventh individually. “We have been close to Bear River. I think we are doing good staying in third.”
Rounding out the field was Green Canyon (428), Sky View (444) and Logan (455).
Ridgeline had the top three individuals as Alexis Wilson continues to claim medalist honors each time out. Monday she was still battling an illness, but still was able to card a 76 — three shots better than Tenhoeve (79). Riverhawk Sara Fujimoto was third with a 84.
“It was a tough day mentally and physically,” said Wilson, who has signed to play for Idaho State University next year. “Today I felt really good off the tee. The really only exciting part of my day was two putts for eagle.”
She left it just short on those eagle attempts and had to settle for tap-in birdies. Those were her lone birds of the day.
“From the fairway to the green, I wasn’t doing great,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t clicking. I just have to put in some more work this week.”
Some work over the weekend paid off for one of Wilson’s teammates.
“I finally got it together today,” said Tenhoeve, who has signed to play golf at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. “Thursday was really rough for me. I took the weekend to regroup. Mentally, I was hard on myself. I figured some stuff out like chipping and putting. I came out today with a better mentality and that helped so much. I just stayed positive with myself the whole day.”
The senior said she had a few hiccups, but her entire game was working Monday.
“My approach shots were the best and my putting saved me a few times,” Tenhoeve said. “... (Coach) Dan (Roskelley) tells us to be ready for whatever weather. I always keep extra rain gear in my bag. I bring extra towels to keep my grips dry. I was prepared for it.”
Tenhoeve had six birdies during her round, four on the back nine.
“It was a good day for sure,” Tenhoeve said.
Wall had similar thoughts.
“Most of my shots were working today,” Wall said. “Last Thursday some of them would shoot off the wrong way. It was nice they were going how I wanted them to.”
Having played the course just a few days ago was a big help for many of the girls. Wall felt it helped her go 14 strokes lower.
The Mustang senior had a birdie on No. 10. She just avoided the water with her drive. She chipped close to the green and then chipped in.
“I thought the second chip shot was going to go over the hole, but it went in,” Wall said. “It was nice. That birdie gave me a boost for the back (nine).”
Wall had two teammates join her in the top 12 individuals. Jenna Pack was ninth with a 97, while Kadi Kendrick was 12th with a 101.
Landree Spackman was four shots better than last Thursday in leading Green Canyon with a 93 and finishing sixth. However, as a team, the Wolves were three strokes higher Monday.
“I did pretty good,” Spackman said. “I hit better off the tee, putted pretty well and hit my irons better, just solid. Definitely better than last Thursday.”
Spackman had one birdie on the back nine. She singled out her irons as being what helped her go lower Monday.
Sky View was led by Summer Redd with a 108, edging a trio of her teammates who all shot 112’s in Kinnley Poulsen, Emily Coombs and Maddie Jensen.
Once again Jayla Spring led Logan. She was three strokes better Monday with a 100, finishing in 11th place.
The girls are back in action next Monday at The Barn in Pleasant View. This tournament will be the region championship.
“We are excited going to region this year,” Wall said. “I think we will be more relaxed this season.”