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After coming off our best match of the year and a win over Clinton Prairie and Carroll, The Lewis Cass Golf Team looked to meet up against Twin Lakes. Heading into the meet, we were sitting at 10-2. We knew that Twin Lakes was going to be a hard opponent, so we had to give it our all.

Playing on our varsity roster for the night, in order of ranking, was Conrad Emmons, Mason Hahn, Ben Carpenter, Andy Conwell, and C.J. Burrous. Tonight we were playing “match play,” which is different than regular stroke play. In match play one goes by each hole, not specifically one’s strokes. If the opponent shoots better on a hole, then he wins that hole. When one of the golfers has more won holes than left to play, the match is complete.

As the match began Hahn and Emmons started neck and neck with their opponents. Hahn going down a hole and then back up to even, Emmons doing the same thing. Carpenter and Conwell both started down two holes on their opponents. Conwell and Hahn began to pull back into the race, coming back to even starting the fifth hole. Emmons and Carpenter, on the other hand, continued to fall deeper into a rut, going down three starting the fifth hole. Burrous played very well, unfortunately for him it was league play and not normal which put him in the same boat as Emmons.

As the match came close to the end, Emmons, Carpenter and Burrous had all been defeated by their competition. Hahn, on the other hand, had brought being down a hole into being tied headed into the final hole of the night. On hole nine one must hit the ball over a creek and onto the fairway or green on the other side. His opponent hit first sending the ball onto the green about twenty-five feet out from the hole. Following that, Hahn hit his ball in the fringe, or the part right outside of the green, about the same distance from the hole. Hahn then chipped his ball onto the green but still about fifteen feet out. His opponent then putted his ball eight feet from the hole. Hahn realized that his opponent would likely sink his next putt. He lined up his very difficult, long putt and hoped for the best. As soon as the ball connected with his club, he knew he had hit it perfectly. Now all his opponent had to do was miss his simple eight-foot putt and Hahn had defeated him. Just as he hoped, the kid missed his putt and Mason Hahn had came back.

“It felt great. Especially since that was the most important hole of the match. I’m glad I was able to perform well for the team,” said Hahn.

The only bad part about this was three of our team members had already gotten defeated, which left us marking it up as our third loss of the season. “Tonight we lost three to two against a really talented Twin Lake’s team. We played match play, which is something different and the kids really like it. We were close to beating them. That team shot some really good scores, so I thought we played really well tonight,” said Coach Burrous.

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