NB girl golfers capture NSC academic crown

The North Branch girls golf team earned the North Suburban Conference Academic Championship award. Pictured, from left: Ruth Elkerton, Sarah Harris, Hannah Gomes, Emily Lawrence, Janice Elkerton and Emily Carlson. Photo submitted by Dave Ambers

The North Branch girls golf team earned the North Suburban Conference Academic Championship award. Pictured, from left: Ruth Elkerton, Sarah Harris, Hannah Gomes, Emily Lawrence, Janice Elkerton and Emily Carlson. Photo submitted by Dave Ambers

Though the season ended last week for the North Branch girls golf team in the section preliminaries, the girls still finished the season as champions.

The Vikings earned the North Suburban Conference Academic Championship plaque, awarded at the conclusion of the conference tournament May 20 at Bunker Hills.

“The girls finished the season with a 3.84 GPA to earn the award,” said coach Dave Ambers. “We’re very proud of their academic performance and appreciate all the hard work they put in to get those grades. The award belongs as much to their parents and teachers as it does to the golfers. Without their support and cooperation, this wouldn’t be possible.”

In addition, the Vikings finished a competitive golf season by recording its lowest team scores of the season at the Section 7AAA tournament at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley.

North Branch totaled 205 on the first nine to record its lowest nine-hole score of 2013. The girls followed that up with a 195 on the second nine for a 400 total.

That score was 10 strokes better than the team did a year earlier at the section tournament on the same course.

Sophomore Janice Elkerton led the team, as she has most of the season, with a 97. Junior Emily Carlson was right behind with a 98.

Next for North Branch was junior Hannah Gomes (102) and eighth grader Ruth Elkerton (103). Juniors Sarah Harris (112) and Maddie Alden (120) also competed for the Vikings.

“We came in 10th in the 12-team field, and I know the girls would have preferred to finish closer to the top of the board, but they did well,” said Ambers. “They improved during the season again this year, and they did so after taking care of their most important job, their schoolwork, in fine fashion. I’m proud of them for both.”

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