HANNIBAL -- Cake and a team dinner was the perfect way to celebrate history.
After the final scores were tallied, the Hannibal girls golf team cheered inside the club house at Norwoods Golf Club after winning the first dual match in the program’s history.
Hannibal finished with a team score of 245, while Winfield carded a 259 Wednesday afternoon.
“I think this gives them a lot of confidence,” Hannibal coach Patricia Carmitchel said. “I think this gives them something to look forward to and goals for upcoming seasons.”
Playing on their home course made it possible for the Pirates.
Riley Carlson led the Pirates as medalist winner by carding a 55. Baylee Zeiger shot a 62 and Madi Madore carded 63.
Addie Carlson and Raegan Robertson both carded 65, but only one of their scores counted toward the team total.
“I thought today went really well for our first home match,” Riley Carlson said. “Usually, I’d get really nervous playing at home. But today I wasn’t. I did a lot better than I thought I did.”
Starting off her round with a par calmed those nerves. Carlson did that on the par-4 No. 1 to set the tone. She was even able to shake off having to pick up the ball on No. 6.
That shows the strides the team has made.
“I’m happy where I am right now,” Carlson said. “I think everyone else is, too.”
Robertson had a similar start to her round, saying she played the first three holes as best as she had before.
Zeiger, meanwhile, carded the lowest score of her career.