Laine Evans “drives in” for first at Newton Invitational Golf Tournament

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Rachel Schremmer, 9, hits the ball during practice on Sept. 6. “To get rid of nerves I laugh it off,” Schremmer said. Photo by J. Hilgers

by Collin Kasitz
Girls’ golf has gotten off to a strong season with several players placing well in tournaments. There are five girls out for golf and three of them play varsity, including Laine Evans, Rachel Schremmer, both 9, and Meg Pralle, 10. All of them play junior varsity. Steve Martling, math, is the coach
“I practice the day before the tournament on putting green,” Evans, said. “When I play on Varsity I get nerves since I play with seniors, but it wears off eventually.”
Steve Martling is the coach. They practice at Aurburn Hills Golf Course in west Wichita.
“I get some golf balls and try not to get nerves before the tournament,” Schremmer said. I like to be able to place with all the upper classmen.”
They have golfed four tournaments so far: The Highland Golf Course in Hutchinso, the Park Hills Country Club in Pratt and Augusta Country Club in Augusta. Their last meet was at the Fox Ridge course in Newton. Evans placed first with a score of a 47, Schremmer placed third with a 47 and Pralle placed fifth with a 52. They golfed nine holes.
“I put the hole in the past and do better on the next hole to recover from a bad shot,” Evans said. “I started golfing because my dad plays golf.”
Their next tournament is in Cheney at the Cherry Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 26.

Meg Pralle, 10, practices her shot from the rough on Sept. 6. She placed fifth at the tournament in Newton on Sept. 20. Photo by C. Kasitz