No.18 Stars start extended home stay with win over Artesians

BNL’s Kinleigh Root pitches her ball toward the flagstick on the sixth hole at Otis Park on Thursday. The No.18 Stars conquered Martinsville on the front nine.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Take off the shoes, stay a while. No.18 Bedford North Lawrence is setting up camp at Otis Park for an extended stay.

For the next four weeks, save for a rescheduled match at Springs Valley, the Stars will play exclusively on their home course. They started the unusual and lengthy homestand with a victory over Martinsville on Thursday afternoon.

Paced by Chloe McFaddin’s two birdies, BNL posted a 172-191 victory over the Artesians on the front nine. McFaddin carded a 1-over 38 (with birdies on the fifth and seventh holes) to set the tone, while Ellie Horton shrugged off putting problems to finish with a 43.

“Chloe continues to play well for us,” BNL coach Kori Johnston said. “Ellie didn’t play bad but struggled some with her putting. Putting was an issue for a few of the girls tonight, so we will definitely be working on that some more to help us get a better feel for the greens.”

BNL’s Nora Howat watches her ball track toward her target while firing a 46.

Kinleigh Root (45) and Nora Howat (46) capped the team scoring for BNL. Brianna Payne toured with a 42 for Martinsville.

BNL will host Seymour on Tuesday.

BNL 172, Martinsville 191

BNL – Chloe McFaddin 38, Ellie Horton 43, Kenley Craig 47, Kinleigh Root 45, Nora Howat 46

Martinsville – Brianna Payne 42, Aslyn Haywood 45, Molly Hixson 47, Fallyn Conway 57, Savannah Beck 61