By Nelson Coffin
Before a thunderstorm blew through the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club golf course in Owings Mills on Monday afternoon, a battle of unbeaten teams, Mercy and Garrison Forest, were able to enjoy the balmy temperatures while competing for first place in the B Conference until the deluge arrived
The Grizzlies prevailed, 2-1, to up their record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the B Conference while the Magic fell for the first time this spring in three tries.
Still, Mercy’s No. 1 and No. 2 players, sophomore Megan Miguel and junior captain Erin Smearman, respectively, defeated Garrison Forest’s top tandem of senior Brynn Bennett and junior Tessa Collins.
Miguel is one of the top players in the IAAM, boasting power and finesse while Smearman is improving at a rapid pace, according to Mercy coach Rich Marion.
Smearman said that her best hole was on the par-three fifth hole that she attacked with a six-iron, propelling the ball 140 yards.
Still she was disappointed that she bogeyed the hole.
“The greens are just so fast,” she said.
It was still a good outing, considering that Miguel won three holes and Smearman two. Garrison Forest tied one hole.
“Erin’s been getting better each round,” Marion said. “And Meghan just has great technique.”
Garrison Forest sophomore Lucy Miller and junior Emily Riehl topped Mercy senior Mary Huebler and Ardyn Richardson to get the Grizzlies back on track in the battle between No. 3 and No. 4 players.
The Grizzlies also won the 5-6 matchup with junior Kelly Korzenewski and freshman Catherine McAllister beating junior H.J Zemanski and Kristen Metzler.
Zemanski said that the sport can make her feel anxious when she’s hitting off the tee.
“Some days you play well and then some days you have a bad day,” she said. “But it’s still a fun sport.”
Metzler said that she is used to people watching her swing from the days when she played softball.
“It’s just like softball,” she said. “You still have to move your hips. “It’s a similar but different motion.”
Garrison Forest co-coach Missy Wells, who shares the job with Tara Rosenbaum, said that the Grizzlies only have one senior this season, which bodes well for the future of the program.
Still, that senior is Bennett, a seasoned player who knows the game well.
“Brynn always knows which club to choose and knows the game’s procedures,” she said.
Collins is a long-hitter who “hits the ball a ton, and has great confidence in what she does,” the coach said.
The Grizzlies will travel to Sparrows Point Country Club to take on Catholic High on Tuesday while the Magic will meet archival IND at Fox Hollow on Wednesday.