Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review | Spartan senior cocaptain Sara Colley at the first tee during a recent home match against Ingraham.

Hanacek, Havill lead BHS ladies to big win against Rams

The Bainbridge High varsity girls golf team has won a handful of games this year, notching their fifth consecutive victory Tuesday against the visitors from Ingraham High at Wing Point Golf &Country Club.

The final score saw the Spartans up 104-47, nudging their overall season record to 5-0 and earning them the second-place spot in the Metro League.

West Seattle boasts the top slot, for now, with a 6-1 conference record.

Tuesday’s win came on the heels of an equally epic defeat (95-14) of Bishop Blanchet last week. The Spartans, it seems, are officially on a roll.

“They’re playing well and getting a little bit better each week,” Spartan Head Coach Ian Havill said.

Tuesday’s medalist was sophomore superstar Kendall Havill, who finished the day with 29 points.

Junior powerhouse Lucy Hanacek snagged the spotlight, though, and left back-to-back birdies in her wake on Holes 5 and 6 and finished the match with 28 points.

Madison Culp managed 24 points; team cocaptain Sara Colley, 23; fellow senior cocaptain Maddie Loverich, 20; and sophomore Caitlin Slattery, 17. The coach attributed the team’s success this year to a collaborative, low pressure-style of training plan he’d implemented.

“This season is partly characterized by doing more team bonding activities and less grinding,” Havill said. “We do have those days when we’ll hit 50 putts in a row from 5 feet and you have to start over if you miss; a little more serious practice, but we aren’t doing that as much as we normally have and it seems to be working fine with this group.”

Havill said even he was surprised at the results of the casual tone the team has embraced this year — and the phenomenal gains it has reaped. The team has, after all, risen from the worst tryouts in seven years to being undefeated.

“When people ask me how we’re doing, I say, ‘Great!’” Havill laughed. “But, in the back of my mind I’m a little worried that we haven’t put in enough of those hard days. We usually put in a lot of long, hard days. We’re putting in plenty of work, just in a little bit different way.”

The team has attended a Mariners game together, and they’d arranged a pizza and movie get together, too. Also, Havill said, he regularly hosts “wild card” practices, where players are allowed to choose their own area of focus — or simply play a round with the coach so as to talk out strategy and technique in a more realistic setting.

“I think this team wants it that way,” Havill said. “Playing with the kids you can work on their course management and they ask questions. They’re a great group. They want to learn and get better, they ask questions and they’re very coachable.”

The Spartans will face off against Lakeside at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in West Seattle, and then return home to host Ballard at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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