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Home cookin': Tigresses hold off L-P, Ottawa, Seneca at Wyaton Hills

Olivia Eiken's medalist 53 leads way for Princeton

PRINCETON — In a fall season which will end suddenly next month after regionals, Tuesday's quadrangular here at Wyaton Hills which saw Princeton host La Salle-Peru, Ottawa and Seneca had a bit of a regional, albeit relaxed and friendly, feel.

The host Tigresses took advantage of their home course playing a bit quirky — especially on speedy greens — riding Olivia Eiken's medalist 53 to a team 229. That was good for a six-stroke victory over runner-up L-P [235], with Ottawa [238] placing third and Seneca [243] fourth.

Ironically enough, Eiken said she usually struggles at her team's home course of Wyaton Hills ... and felt that other than with her driver, she struggled Tuesday as well.

"This was definitely not my best, but I usually don't play this course very well," the day's medalist said with a laugh. "The greens were very different than they normally are, not consistent, very fast for no reason.

"There was one girl from Ottawa that I wanted to beat today — really for no reason, I just wanted to beat her — and I did. So that's exciting. That's all I needed."

With a 54, Brynn Hieronymus came in right behind Eiken's best-of-the-day score. Ashten Wilson [58] and Erin Dove [64] closed out the Princeton scorecard.

For La Salle-Peru, Avah Moriarty carded a 56 to lead the team's scores, all of which fell within 10 strokes of each other.

"[The greens] were fast if I didn't get [the ball] up in the air," Moriarty said, "but when I did it was all right. I thought they were fine.

"It was a pretty good day."

Grace Antle [57], Avery Urbanski [career-best 59] and Ashley Urbanski [63] completed L-P's runner-up score.

For Ottawa, Zoe Harris put in her team's best round by a half dozen strokes, carding a 54 to finish just one swing behind the day's medalist.

"I just tried to stay mentally tough," Harris said, "and with the tough greens and lots of break, it was definitely challenging. But I feel like I finished better than I started.

"I was definitely driving well, struggling with the putter, and the irons were decent."

Caroline Cooney shot an even 60, with both Megan Bessett and Josie Poundstone marking 62s to round out the Lady Pirates' team 238.

Mallory Sobkowich turned in a career-best 56 to lead the Lady Irish — who have ace Rylee Stenzel playing with the boys — followed by teammates Laura Yegge [60], Julia Hogan [63] and Addison Stiegler [64].

"I don't know how that happened," said Sobkowich of her best nine-hole tally coming on the tough-playing course. "I really don't know. I just played the way I've been practicing. ...

"Everything was going the way I was hoping it would go. Only two penalties, which is good — especially on this course."

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