Madeline Gellerson was just three strokes out of medal contention in the first of three matches this week, played April 12 at Hart Ridge.

Gellerson fired 49 to lead the three scores the Wildcats could post. Kaela Clemen added 68, Brooke Hogan 77.

Monticello claimed the meet with a stellar 193, breaking that 200-stroke boundary that seems to define girls’ golf successes. They copped the medal with tying 46’s, from Drucilla Kramer and Jaelyn Aitchison. Tori McDonald added 50, Rebekah Prul 51.

Starmont tallied 215 for a runner-up total. Led by Sydney Baumgartner with 50, they added Tatum Happel’s 54, Mariah Burington’s 54 and Emily Schumacher’s 56.

The golfers faced Central City, April 13, at their Meadowview layout and fielded just three girls again, with Gellerson getting the runner-up medal, 58. Hogan added 76, Clemen 90.

CC tallied 263 with their four players: Brylee Brooks (medalist) 50, Haylee Carpenter 61, Macie Ayers and Belle Reinhardt 76.

Coach Tim Andrews was pleased that Gellerson gained the runner-up medal. “Both Madeline and her brother Jake got the runner-up medal today, facing weather that was absolutely frigid. The medals are a tribute to them on the work they have put in.”

Weather improved for the golfers and their April 16 match at home against East Buchanan, which tallied 232 team total. Gellerson copped the medal with a 52, three strokes in front of East Buc’s low, Ally Joyce at 55.

Jordyn LeGassick was back to add a 56 to Gellerson’s total and Clemen was the third player, with 71. East Buc added 58 from Keira Hellenthal, 59 from Jaeden Hellenthal and 60 from Maya Huegel.

“Tonight was great in terms of weather and competition,” added Andrews. “It was nice for Madeline to return to the medal position. As a coach, I definitely found out a lot about our players and what our focus needs to be as we move forward.”