Root takes hold with even-par 37 as No.17 Stars conquer Bloomington South at Otis

BNL’s Kinleigh Root carded an even-par 37 on the front nine at Otis Park on Thursday, powering the No.17 Stars to a victory over Bloomington South.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Kinleigh Root has become a scoring force on the golf course.

Bedford North Lawrence’s loud-hitting sophomore flirted with another red number before carding an even-par 37 on the front nine of Otis Park on a windy Thursday afternoon, powering the 17th-ranked Stars to a win over Bloomington South.

With Root as the catalyst, BNL posted a team total of 167, clipping the Panthers by 10 strokes.

After firing a career-best 34 at Shadowood just two days earlier, Root stayed hot during her encore performance. She eagled the par-5 fifth hole and added a birdie on the ninth to offset three bogeys.

“Kinleigh played well again,” BNL coach Kori Johnston said. “She’s confident in her swing, and it shows.”

Chloe McFaddin had a birdie on the fifth en route to a 41, Sammie Nusbaum posted a 44 from the fifth spot in the lineup, and Ellie Horton capped the team scoring with 45.

BNL’s Sammie Nusbaum tracks her iron shot on the second hole.

“We’re happy with the win, but scores were much higher than where we want them to be,” Johnston said. “We have some work to do at practice tomorrow to prepare for the tournament on Saturday. It’s a big tournament for us, so we need to get our swings dialed back in if we want to post a good score and place.”

South’s Melanie Southern matched Root for medalist honors with 37.

BNL will compete in the Floyd Central Invitational on Saturday.

BNL 167, Bloomington South 177, BNL B 214

BNL – Chloe McFaddin 41, Kinleigh Root 37, Kenley Craig 49, Ellie Horton 45, Sammie Nusbaum 44

South – Melanie Southern 37, Avery Beck 43, Macy Hays 55, Daphne Southern 48, Paige Hull 49, Kirin Bowden 58, Grace Castillo 72, Natalia Oglesby 67

BNL B – Jasmine Nguyen 53, Kaedyn Canada 60, Jaylee Huffman 51, Jayla Brewer 55, Madi Crane 55