By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – The power of positive thinking carried Kenley Craig through another positive round at Otis Park.
With her putter as her friend, Craig carded a 5-over 40 on the back nine on Monday afternoon, powering Bedford North Lawrence to a 180-226 win over Edgewood. Samantha Biel added a 43 for the Stars, who continue to shine with two members of the expected five-player lineup still out of action.
Craig posted five pars (holes 10, 11, 13, 16 and 18), and three of those were one-putt saves. Her goal was to avoid any ‘6’ on the scorecard, and she came within one hole (the tough 15th) of completing that.
“My putting was really good,” Craig said. “Ones I normally miss, I just blocked every negative thought, and it worked out.
“With two starters out, we have a big lineup, and that’s great. But I knew I needed to play a little bit better, as best as I could. I’ve been practicing a lot more, trying my best, and it’s coming together.”
Biel had four pars (10, 12, 17 and 18) on her card, and Nora Howat totaled 45. Daphney Sproles completed the BNL scoring with 52.
“I’m proud of them,” BNL coach Kori Johnston said. “They’re really stepping up. They’ve done their part, and I’m excited to see these scores continue to go lower and lower. I know they’ve been putting in a lot of work, and I’m excited that they’re excited about lower scores.”
Johnston changed the practice routine, working on more difficult shots rather than swatting range balls under perfect conditions.
“Everyone likes to work on range, on flat lies, but we’ve worked on bunker shots, punch shots, the more realistic shots we’ll run into, learning how to recover,” Johnston said. “I don’t want to get the cart before the horse, but I’m getting excited for the conference and sectional time. I think we’ll be firing on all cylinders.”
The Stars will visit Martinsville on Thursday.
BNL 180, Edgewood 226
BNL – Kenley Craig 40, Daphney Sproles 52, Samantha Biel 43, Bella Landstrom 53, Nora Howat 45
Edgewood – Rosemeier 52, Robinson 52, Hanson 58, Weiler 64, Sessions 67