Goodling claims District bronze medal

By on October 8, 2014
Manheim Central’s Haley Goodling chips onto the green during last weekend’s action at Briarwood Golf Course, where she won the District Three Triple-A bronze medal.

Manheim Central’s Haley Goodling chips onto the green during last weekend’s action at Briarwood Golf Course, where she won the District Three Triple-A bronze medal.

Haley Goodling had a sense of relief entering the District 3 Triple-A Tournament last weekend.
It showed in her results.
After giving a verbal commitment to continue her golf career at Monmouth University, Goodling went out and carded a 9-over 149 (73-76) to bring home the District bronze medal last Friday and Saturday.
“It was just really nice knowing that I could go into a tournament and shoot whatever score and not have to worry about college,” she said. “It was such a relief. I think that’s why I played so well because this whole summer, I’ve been struggling with my scores and then right after I made a decision, I shot in the 70’s two rounds in a row.”
Central Dauphin’s Allison Cooper (73-74&tstr;147) also fired back-to-back rounds in the 70’s and then outlasted Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross (75-72&tstr;147) in a five-hole playoff to claim her second District championship.
Goodling, who was tied with Cooper for first place after Friday’s opening round, did a solid job with her mental game after winning Districts in 2013.
“I knew that I wasn’t expecting to shoot another 65,” Goodling laughed. “I can go out and try, but I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t trying to put any unnecessary pressure on myself. I was just trying to go out and shoot some low scores and then see what happens.”
Those low scores were a bit elusive early on. Starting on hole No. 8, she carded bogeys on her first two holes and five of her first seven in Friday’s round.
“I had kind of a rough start,” Goodling said. “I started off with two three-putts right in a row, so I was thinking, ‘This is going to be a really long day.’”
Not so fast.
Over her final 11 holes, she was 2-under par, with three birdies, to pull even with Cooper, both with 73, heading into Saturday’s second round.
“I don’t know what happened,” Goodling remarked, “but it just turned around. I started getting a birdie here and there and that definitely helped my confidence.”
Her putting game deserved a big assist.
“My putting saved me in a lot of places, which was really good because I’ve been working on it a tremendous amount of time,” she said. “I work on it all the time, so it’s nice that it finally came together.”
Goodling was a model of consistency on Saturday as she shot par on her first seven holes.
“Coming off a round like (Friday’s), I was pretty confident in how I was going to play,” she said. “My first seven holes, it was just one of those days like, ‘Oh great, I’m just going to par everything. That should keep me in a good spot.’”
Not bad at all considering the conditions.
“It was cold and super windy,” she said. “You hit the ball and it just goes, like, 30 yards where you don’t want it to go.”
Following a hiccup, in which she carded a bogey, bogey, double bogey, par and bogey over five holes, she finished up just 1-over on her last six.
“Overall, it was a decent day,” Goodling said. “(All my shots) were just kinda OK, but they were OK enough for me to shoot a 76.”
Her career at Manheim Central has been more than OK. She will now prepare for the Eastern PA Regional Tournament, to be held Oct. 14 at Golden Oaks Golf Club.
“Every year going into Districts, you just never know what’s going to happen,” Goodling said, “so it was nice just knowing that I had a spot there.”
You might even say it was a relief.

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