The Bainbridge High School girls golf team won the Olympic League title Tuesday for the fifth time in coach Ian Havill’s 12 years there.
Anna Kozlosky led the way with an 80, placing second. Elise Walters was close behind in third with an 81. Makena Miller shot an 87, placing seventh, and coming in eighth with a 91 was Charley Halberg.
“Well that was a great day filled with all the ups and downs that golf provides,” Havill says on a Facebook post.
The coach said Kozlosky and Walters got off to a rough start, hitting three trees and finding a water hazard on the first hole. But they settled down and shot their best scores of the season – and their short lives.
“Smart decision making…assessing the risk vs. the reward with each shot, mental/emotional toughness, focusing on our goal,” Havill said.
He went on to say Miller was probably the key to winning the league title. He said the past few months have been hard on her, having the least amount of practice time.
“She needed to bring at least her B game for the team to have any chance to win,” Havill said, adding she brought her B-plus game.
Halberg also was key. The team had struggled in the No. 4 spot all season. But Halberg shot her best score ever. Havill said she hit her drives long and straight on almost every tee. And she used her hybrid to hit the ball higher and better.
The team previously won league titles in 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2018.
Havill said because of COVID-19 there will be no district or state tournament, but team captain Kozlosky, along with Walters and Miller, certainly would have qualified for state.
The coach said COVID made it an unusual year. The team normally plays in the fall in the Metro League. “In a tough year. It was great to see this ending,” he said.