CC strolls into NHC with win

   COLUMBIA CITY — Just three dual matches, the 2010 season has been more successful than years prior for Columbia City girls’ golf.
   With three wins to their credit last season, the Lady Eagles nearly reached that mark this season.
Tuesday, Columbia City opened Northeast Hoosier Conference play at Eagle Glen Golf Course against Bellmont. The Lady Eagles used three scores in the 40s along with a win at every position to start the conference off on a winning note 197-217.
   “We’re happy to be 2-1 in dual meets and obviously have our first NHC win,” said Columbia City head coach Jim Thompson. “ I was pleased that all five varsity players won their matches and three of the five were in the 40s.”
   For the second consecutive match, senior Olivia Western led all scorers with a medalist round of 46.
   Western was followed up by two other Lady Eagles under 50. Junior McKenzie Smith came in with her best score of the young season shooting 47.
   No. 1 Rachel Hazelet fought off a tough hole early on in her round to finish with a 48.
   Lauren Holloway helped round out the scores with 56 while Megan Yoder had a 57.
   The win tie Columbia City with its conference win total in 2009 after going 1-6.
   “All in all it was a great night for the girls,” Thompson noted. “We had a great reserve total of 213 with four girls in the 50s.”
   Columbia City took the junior varsity match 213-266.
   Jessica Klemm came in as medalist of the junior varsity match with a 51 on the front nine at Eagle Glen.
   Senior Deanna Beckner was one shot off the pace with one of her best rounds of the season at 52.
   Other junior varsity scores included: Jackie Leeuw 55, Allison Yoder 55, Jackie Bullard 63, Sarah Fahl 74, Kati Walter 74.
   Columbia City will host Homestead Thursday in the second of three home matches in a row.