It was a nice week for the Fenton varsity girls golf team.
First, the squad defeated their rivals, beating Linden 177-192 at Spring Meadows Country Club Tuesday.
Wednesday’s match was against Goodrich, the squad that seemingly was their biggest challenger to the Metro League crown at this point of the season. Both teams entered the meet undefeated, with the Tigers just edging out the Martians by two strokes at the county meet less than a week earlier.
It didn’t end up being that close. Jilian Roberts improved her personal-best score by more than 10 strokes and shot a co-medalist score of 40, helping lead the Tigers to a 166-188 victory against Goodrich.
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“The story of the night was Jilian Roberts who shot a 40 and is someone who hasn’t broke 50 in competition,” Fenton varsity girls golf coach Kurt Herbstreit said. “In 13 years of coaching golf, I have never seen anything like it.”
Roberts recorded a birdie on the first hole and was at even par after three holes She bogied the next four holes in a row and stayed steady the rest of the way.
“She just kept the ball in play, advancing down the middle, and putting very well,” Herbstreit said. “I had the pleasure of watching her par the last two holes. the girls were so excited for her and so was she. What a way to score for the team and earn your varsity letter.
Roberts tied Brook Herbstreit for medalist honors, as Herbstreit contionued her strong season with a 40 for nine holes. In fact, the top three Tigers beat Goodrich’s top score, and five golfers beat all but the Martians’ top score. Olivia Herbert finished in third with a 42 while Victoria Carnell carded a 44, tying Goodrich’s top score. Katelyn Burkett had a 46.
“We had a great day, and to be honest Goodrich did not play well,” Herbstreit said. “I thought that it was going to be very close and told the girls it might go to a tie-breaker, so they might all count their score. That was all that was really said. I tried not to make a big deal of the match. Goodrich, on the other hand, made signs and had all kind of parents watching, which was actually nice to see. Brook and Oliva actually gave us a 10-stroke lead after the first group came in.”
Against Linden, Brook Herbstreit also earned medalist honors, recording a 40. Olivia Herbert shot a 43 while Victoria Carnell shot a 46. Katelyn Burkett shot a 48.
Fenton (6-0 in the Metro) hosts Flushing Monday and Kearsley Tuesday. The Tigers travel to Brandon Wednesday.