Playing in pink; girls city tourney

by: Rich Miller

There were no reds or blues.  No green shirts either at the Evansville girls city golf tournament Saturday. The players were still competing for their teams--and themselves--but they were also taking on a cause.

Every player wore special pink shirts created for the occasion. It was all part of North senior Megan Schmett's senior project. She and sister Natalie who's a sophomore, have a neighbor battling breast cancer so they decided to show support.

"It not only gives attention to girls golf, but all of the awareness it gives to cancer," said Mater Dei senior Emily Loehrlein.  "What an awesome project for Meghan."

Natalie Schmett came up with a nice chip to within 10 inches of the cup and made the putt to finish with a 77.

Loehrlein needed to make a 25-footer to tie her and force a playoff.  She put it dead center eliciting cheers from the crowd around the 18th green. Schmett won the playoff with a par on the first hole, but the day was rewarding for a different reason.

"I got kind of teary-eyed when I first walked up because even though I kind of expected everyone to be wearing them, to actually see everyone, it was like 'wow, this really means a lot'," Meghan Schmett told 14 News.

North won the title with a 342.  Memorial was second with 353 and Reitz third at 372.  North hasn't lost a meet yet this year and the Huskies are ranked 13th in the state.