GOWEN — While the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team was closing the gap on Forest Hills Eastern, senior Britta Bernth was setting records.
Bernth shot a school and established a women’s course record with 33 on Monday afternoon, while shooting the back nine (Par 37) at The Links at Bowen Lake in an O-K Bronze Jamboree.
Her score was three better than the previous school record of 36 held by Megan Cushman and Jenny Calkins. Both Cushman (South Florida) and Calkins (Louisville) played college golf at the Division I level.
“She was focused and on her game like I’ve never seen before,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “She was determined and it was just a great round of golf. For her to do this in her senior year is great. I’m so proud of her.”
Bernth is having a spectacular season. She has been the match medalist in four of five O-K Bronze Jamborees and has placed in the top 10 in all three tournaments this year.
The school 18-hole record is a 69 held by Calkins.
With the help of Bernth, the Yellow Jackets came the closest to knocking off Forest Hills Eastern this season.
Eastern fired a 167 to Greenville’s 170. The Yellow Jacket’s previous closest deficit was six shots.
Jordan DuVall led Eastern with a 39.
“I would rather play the best and get beat then play a mediocre team and win,” Johnson said. “Every experience you have playing a top team in the state is a good one. It’s an opportunity to play with the best.”
Forest Hills Northern shot 206, West Catholic 219, Cedar Springs 231 and Northview 238.
Karli Didion was second on Greenville with a 44. Jessica Bohner shot 45 and Lauryn Day a 48.
“She is a sophomore and she is going to be a player,” Johnson said of Didion. “I’m excited to her on the team. When we lose our three seniors I think she will take a spot as one of the top players on the team.”
Eastern has a good lead in the race for the conference title, but the Yellow Jackets are proving they can compete with the 2010 Division 3 state champions.
“We are giving it our best shot and on any given day you never know how it’s going to play out,” Johnson said. “We are not giving Eastern an opportunity to relax.”
The Yellow Jackets will compete Wednesday in another O-K Bronze Jamboree hosted by Forest Hills Northern. The Greenville Invitational originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Sept. 26.