High School Sports

Murphy, Ubert are Carroll golf foundation

More often than not, last season's Bishop Carroll girls golf team rode the shoulders of Madison Murphy.

Murphy, the two-time City League champion, consistently scored around 40, and the Eagles' next best score was usually in the upper 40s.

It seems Carroll has perhaps found a running mate for Murphy this season in junior Lakin Ubert.

In her last two tournaments, Ubert has posted back-to-back 42s, and won the Winfield Invitational by four strokes.

"Lakin has really started to put all aspects of her game together," Carroll coach Mark Berger said. "She gives us a really nice 1-2 punch at the top."

While Murphy has struggled a bit recently, her 40 at Auburn Hills last week showed hints that her game is starting to come around.

Murphy has struggled with her short game, but last Monday, she saved numerous shots around the green.

"If she can get her short game a little more fine-tuned, then I think she is going to have some really nice scores the rest of the season," Berger said.

The Eagles will lean heavily on Murphy and Ubert because they haven't been able to get a third or fourth score.

It nearly worked at Auburn Hills, as Carroll lost to Kapaun Mount Carmel by a stroke, but Berger knows posting only two high-quality scores just won't cut it.

"I still feel we have a ways to go where we can compete with the top schools in the state," he said. "We have at least three girls who can give us numbers in the third and fourth spots on our team, but haven't done it yet in competition. This will be key to our success."

Mason a rock — Andover Central's Hannah Mason was the definition of consistent last season.

She placed in the top five in every tournament except for one, and was always shooting scores in the low to mid 40s.

Mason has picked up right where she left off, as she won last Thursday at Consolver with a 41 and finished third, while shooting 8 over par, at Sierra Hills to open the season.

"I think my iron play has improved a lot from last season," Mason said. "Golf is a sport where you have to get better every day and that's why I practice every day."

More than any kind of physical ability, Mason's strongest asset is her mental toughness. She acknowledges that bad holes are going to happen, but being able to regroup is more important.

"My dad always says that it takes a better and stronger person to forget a bad hole and move on," Mason said. "It's extremely important to go hard the rest of the round and not let a bad hole get to you."