In a matchup of three of the state’s top girls golfers, the trio of Rachel Lee, Samyra Lewis and Lauren Kim didn’t disappoint on Tuesday at Waverly Woods.
Lee (27 points) and Kim (24) from Marriotts Ridge set the stage for a comfortable 77-25 Mustangs’ team victory, but Oakland Mills’ Lewis (25) more than held her own individually.
All three golfers made at least one birdie, with Lee and Lewis each adding an eagle.
“There’s definitely a comfort level being out here with people you know and — Samyra, Lauren and I — we definitely see each other out here (at Waverly Woods) all the time,” Lee said. “I think we were all relaxed and that helps you play better.”
Lewis drew first blood in the match that started on the back nine, as the Scorpions’ senior made a birdie on the par 4 10th hole. Lee one-upped her on No. 11, though, by sticking her approach shot on the par 5 to within 20 feet and then sinking the putt for her first eagle in regular season high school competition.
“It was exciting … I should do it more often,” Lee said with a big smile after the round.
Kim, a freshman playing in her first high school match, converted a birdie on No. 11 to keep pace.
All day, the trio was never separated by more than four shots.
“When you are playing with people around your skill level it gives you motivation,” Lewis said. “I think we all kind of pushed one another.”
For all the great shots, though, there were also some struggles as well. Lee made a triple bogey on the 12th hole, Lewis made a triple bogey on No. 17, while Kim scattered four bogies over the course of her nine-hole round.
However, every time one of them slipped, they each managed to find a way to bounce back.
Lee made a birdie on the 14th hole to bring herself back to even par — where she stayed the rest of the day. Kim delivered a couple of clutch iron shots to set up easy pars in the middle of her round.
But it was Lewis that saved her best for last. On the par 5 18th hole, she sunk a putt from off the green for her own first eagle in a high school match.
“I, honestly, wanted to get out with a birdie, but it dropped right into the hole. I was so happy,” she said.
While Oakland Mills doesn’t have any other girls on its team, Marriotts Ridge got extra points from its second group. Marissa Davey (14 points) and Katelyn MacIlvain (12) both got themselves into double digits.
Marriotts Ridge 77, Oakland Mills 25
MR (2-0): Lee 27, Kim 24, Davey 14, MacIlvain 12.
OM (0-2): Lewis 25.
Atholton 73, Hammond 12