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St. Bede’s Ally Mendoza leads area lady linksters

Numbers are down in girls golf camps around Bureau County this fall.

Bureau Valley and Princeton opened with just three golfers each, only two of which were experienced. Hall will be not fielding a team once again.

St. Bede has the most golfers with seven girls hitting the links this fall, including reigning BCR Golfer of the Year in senior Aleana “Ally” Mendoza.

Mendoza led the Lady Bruins to their first conference championship and overall an 11-0 record, averaging 44.7 with a season low 41 and was the top points scorer in conference. She is a three-time All-BCR First Team pick.

“Aleanna was the leader for us as far as scoring last year. Alyssa Heitz (2021 grad) was our big emotional leader. Now Aleanna has both those roles and she’s doing a great job,” Cummings said. “I hope she doesn’t put too much pressure on herself and enjoys the game. I expect big things from her and more often than not she delivers.”

Bureau Valley

Coach: David Lind.

Returnees: Amelia Lind (Sr.), Callie Schoff (Jr.)

Newcomers: Cassidy Peterson (Jr.)

Season outlook: With the loss of four seniors last year, including All-BCR First Teamer Elisabeth Sullivan, the Storm squad is down to just three golfers this fall, only two of which, Lind and and Schoff, played previously. Coach David Lind is hopeful to pick up a few more when school starts. “Amelia and Callie are returning golfers and I have high expectations for both of them,” Coach Lind said. “Although Cassidy is joining us for the first season, I know she has played some golf with her dad. I am excited to see how she progresses. I would love to see these girls work toward getting sectional qualifications. Not knowing if I will have any other golfers, we will have to focus on the individual scores and improvement throughout the season.”

Princeton

Coach: Brandon Crawford (second season).

Returnees: Ashten Wilson (Sr.), Emma Kruse-Carter (Jr.).

Newcomers: Halli Peterson (Fr.)

Season outlook: Crawford has just three golfers to work with, two returners in Wilson and Kruse-Carter and a freshman newcomer, Peterson. PHS lost its top two players from last year, seniors Olivia Eiken and Brynn Hieronymus, to graduation. Wilson is this year’s team captain. “Ashten brings three years of playing experience to lead this team. She was last year’s most improved and we anticipate equal growth from her this season,” Crawford said. “Emma made great strides last season finding more consistency with her game. She has the ability to put together a great junior season. Halli is our lone freshman. She comes to practice with a great attitude and we look forward to watching her grow on and off the course.”

St. Bede

Coach: Rich Cummings (30th season)

Returnees: Brianne Briggs (Jr.), Gianna Grivetti (Jr.), Ava Manicki (Sr.), Aleanna Mendoza (Sr.), Payge Pyszka (Sr.)

Newcomers: Erin Dove (So.), Petranella Mitchell (Jr.)

Season outlook: The Bruins have a very strong core returning from last year’s team that placed third in the Class 1A Sandwich Regional with multiple players back who also were on the 2019 regional champion team. Leading the way is Mendoza, the 2020 BCR Golfer of the Year. Cummings said Grivetti, a BCR/Three Rivers First Team selection last year, who will be the No. 2 golfer, has gotten stronger and is hitting the ball further. She averaged 46 last year, an improvement of seven strokes. Briggs, who transferred in from South Carolina last year, is consistent and will move into the No. 3 slot, while Manicki is expected to be a solid No. 4. Mitchell is new to the sport, but Cummings said she’s strong and athletic and he thinks she could contribute once she masters the basics. The sophomore Dove transferred from Princeton, where she played last year. … Pyszka, a BCR First Team selection last year, is unable to play this season due to injury.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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