Traveling to Maquoketa to play the Country Club layout, April 9, the Beckman girls’ golf team faced a steep test.

None of the four counting scores had ever played competitive golf before so nerves were very much a part of the meet. As it was the team tallied 259 to lose to Independence by 30 strokes, 229. Maquoketa, the host team, was not able to field enough players for a team score.

“Two freshmen and two sophomores counted for us today,” said coach Jim Sheston, “giving us a little hope for the future.”

Maddie Schmitz led scores with 56, followed by Shea Steffen 59, Allysa Goerdt 63 and Grace Hinerichsen 81.

“Grace had two really bad holes or she would have been right in there,” added Sheston.

Medal winner for the event was Maquoketa’s Natalie Ellinger at 51. Independence’s low total of 52 came from Sophie Bertelli.

“The scores are going to be high this year, from all the conference teams, because the best golfers were all seniors last year when we lost the season. So we are pretty much starting over. They need to learn the rules, to learn where to go on the course, to learn what to do when getting ready to compete. But give it a couple of weeks, they’ll be doing just fine,” added Sheston.”