The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Golf: Goodley girls sitting pretty at showcase

  • Fowler finds himself in third place at Drake Creek Golf Course
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  • It was a long, exhausting day for Eldorado's talented tandem of Taylor and Ashton Goodley.
    The twin sisters and Eagle seniors played 36 holes, all the while, trying to tame a golf course and Mother Nature.
    At the end of the day, the Goodley girls were in the lead, Literally and figuratively.
    Taylor fired an 82, 76 for a 158, while Ashton finished with a 79, 80 for a 159 as the two lead the Girls High School Division at the 2014 College Golf Showcase at Drake Creek Golf Course in Ledbetter, Ky.
    For Taylor, the real competition for her was neither Mother Nature or her playing partners.
    "I just had to get use to the course," Taylor said Thursday evening. "Playing 36 wasn't that bad, but after my adrenaline went down and I got more comfortable with club selection, things got better."
    The most impressive part for Taylor's second round of 18 was her putting, where she said she made three 20-foot birdie putts and had four on the round.
    Ashton's putting was polar opposite of Taylor's where she said she found inconsistencies in the greens.
    "I just had a hard time adjusting to them today," Ashton said. "I couldn't figure them out, but I felt like I hit my irons solid today and that was a part of my game that really helped."
    Ashton knows her score could have dropped if a few putts would have dropped, but her overall focus is still strong.
    "I just try to base my score on what I know I can do," she said. "Everything felt pretty good except for my putter and driver."
    Taylor is six shots clear of third place, which belongs to Massac County's Paige Ellerbush, who shot a 164 (84, 80). Bailey Tyree came away with a 167 (85, 82) and Paducah Tilghman's Lauren Eickolz had a 170 (82, 88). Brittany Reynolds, of Massac County, rounded out the scoring with a 185 (91, 94).
    Taylor and Ashton will be paired with Ellerbusch in tomorrow's final round of 18 holes, starting at 7:50 a.m.
    Harrisburg's Ben Fowler fired a Day 1 78-76 154 to sit in third place, eight shots behind leader Drake Stepter of McCracken County High School and two shots from second place leader Sean Warren, also of McCracken County High School.
    Eleven total golfers are vying for the
    Fowler will tee off at 8:22 a.m. with Stepter and Warren.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow on twitter: @spydieshooter.
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