CLEAR LAKE — On a cold and blustery day at Veterans Memorial Golf Club Thursday, Ashley DeLong found a way to stay hot.
The Clear Lake sophomore, who admittedly wasn’t looking forward to the round, fired a 2-over 38 in tough conditions to help lead Clear Lake over Newman Catholic in a nonconference dual, 191-223.
“I was real happy with that because the tournament we had on Tuesday I didn’t play to what I thought I could do,” DeLong said of her round Thursday.
It’s been a bit of a change for DeLong this season having to bump up to No. 1 with Emily Snelling sidelined with an ACL tear for the time being. But DeLong has answered the call so far, leading the Lions each time they’ve been out.
Having spent the first few tournaments adjusting to that role helped.
"It’s been really interesting because she’s been our leader for a long time so now I kind of have to fill that spot for a little bit and it’s definitely a challenge," she said.
On Tuesday, it was just her day.
After recording bogeys on each of the first two holes, DeLong settled in to finish even par for the final seven. For her round, she had three bogeys and one birdie, which came on a chip-in on the final hole from four feet off the green.
“I was pretty happy,” DeLong said of her finish. “I hit the chip and was like ‘Oh, that might be going really hard,’ and then it hit the hole and went in.”
For the rest of the team, it was another step forward.
Jordyn Barragy carded a runner-up round of 46 for the Lions, Grace Harnett shot 52 and Erin Carew rounded out the scoring with a 55.
“The girls, they battled. To shoot a 191 in this weather, you can’t complain,” Clear Lake coach Adam Brinkman said. “We’re getting better every day, that’s the thing. We’re improving each meet.”
For Newman, Morgan Luecht and Amara Wolf each carded matching 55s to lead the Knights.
Katie Mason added a 56 and Peyton Olson shot 57 to cap off the scoring.