The Del Norte girls golf team hosted the third Humboldt-Del Norte League meet of the season on Thursday at Del Norte Golf Course for its only home meet of the season.
“Being at the home course is a little bit more relaxing, because we are not pressed for time to drive in the van,” said Del Norte head coach Sara Sampels. “Usually we get there, we unload and we start golfing. Today we had the ability to warm up a little bit more, and we also had a familiarity and confidence from being on our own course.”
With mostly new players on the team this year, Del Norte’s scores were higher than the other team’s in the league, but the Warriors scores are continuing to come down early this season.
Jadyn Gorbet shot the lowest score of the day for the Warriors for the third meet in a row, shooting 145 for the day.
“I think in the beginning I was really nervous because I usually don’t do very well on our home course,” Gorbet said. “It was actually good though. Some of my drives were really nice and I was really happy with that.”
Gorbet is one of two golfers returning from last year’s team while the other eight girls on the roster are mostly new to the sport.
“It is coming back to me and I am getting better,” Gorbet said. “I am definitely better than I was last year, but I still have a lot to work on.”
Freshman Natalie Dantzman shot the next lowest score for Del Norte, finishing the day with a score of 146.
“I am pretty nervous at the beginning (of every meet), but once I hit a few holes I boost my confidence and I feel better about that match and tournament,” Dantzman said. “Today was better than the other tournaments that I have been to. I hit the ball better and I had some good stuff with my chipping today.”
Although Dantzman is new to the team this year, she said she has a little bit of experience with the sport already.
“I have always kind of golfed with my dad, and I just thought doing a school activity would be a good idea,” Dantzman said.
Carolyn Cochran shot the third lowest score for the Warriors with a score of 148, followed closely by Emile Millhouse with a score of 149. Elsie Swiderski, the Warriors’ other returning golfer from last season, was next for Del Norte with a round of 152.
Swiderski said she is more confident about what to expect and how to act in her second year on the team.
“I have never really done the whole course, so it was fun to see the whole thing,” Swiderski said. “I think I did pretty good on the holes that I knew.”
Brooke Winningham finished the day with a score of 158 while Kearstyn Miller and Kyra Coldwell both finished with a score of 160 overall.
Sampels spent the day with Winningham, Miller and Coldwell and the Warriors coach liked what she saw.
“It was cool to see them have such high expectations, and we struggled in the beginning but what I like the most is that they really had perseverance,” Sampels said. “In the second half of the tournament everyone improved, everyone was smiling and everyone was having fun.”
Del Norte has a quick turnaround for its next meet, scheduled to take place on Monday in Fortuna at Redwood Golf and Country Club.
“I’m proud of how they did today, and I look forward to trying to improve the scores when we play again on Monday,” Sampels said.
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