Warsaw's Alexis Manwaring watches the flight of her ball during Monday's season opener at Stonehenge. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Warsaw's Alexis Manwaring watches the flight of her ball during Monday's season opener at Stonehenge. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
In a three-team match at Stonhenge Golf & Country Club Monday evening, three sisters led the Rochester Lady Zebras to a three-stroke win.
On a beautiful night to open the 2014 season, 13th-ranked Rochester won with a four-player, nine-hole score of 195, while the host Lady Tigers shot 198.
The Triton Lady Trojans had just three players and couldn’t card a team score.
“We left some putts out there today,” said first-year Warsaw head coach Ray Davis, who flip-flopped positions with now-assistant coach Chris LaLonde. “That’s something we’re working on, we’re trying to only have two putts per hole. Unfortunately, tonight we had some three-putts, a few fours and one five.
“Hey, it’s our match,” continued Davis, who has also coached girls basketball at Whitko and Warsaw. “It’s the first time some of these girls have played varsity, so there were some nerves.”
Alexis Manwaring led the Lady Tigers with a 41, while Ash Jain shot 49, Madi Graham carded a 53, Page Desenberg shot 55 and Kristen Watson finished with a 59.
Morgan Fuentes rouned out Warsaw’s lineup with a 56.
Hannah Jennings led Triton with a 51, while Lilly Berger and Kayla Kraft shot 62 and 74, respectively.
“It’s frustrating,” veteran Triton coach Jack Carpenter said of having just three girls on the team. “At the end of last year, we had seven girls sign up for the team, but only three came out. We’re working on getting a few more to come out. Hopefully we can get at least one more so we can at least have a team score.”
Of the three teams that played Monday evening, coach Chad Thomas’ Lady Zebras boasted the most experience.
Returning four players from its lineup that won last year’s Warsaw Sectional, finished second in the East Noble Regional and 14th at state, Rochester had three girls shoot in the 40s.
Kinley Lingenfelter was the match medalist with a 4-over score of 40, while Karsten Lingenfelter and Kovenant Lingenfelter shot 43 and 47, respectively.
“I’m very lucky to have the three sisters,” said Thomas. “They play a lot of golf in the summer. We’ve got to get some of the other girls to play some more. The Lingenfelters are experienced. They’ve played in a lot of tournaments.
“It’s nice to come to a course like this and beat Warsaw on its home course,” added Thomas, whose team beat the Lady Tigers by 20 strokes in last year’s sectional. “Our main goal was to come here and get familiar with the course again.”
Vanessa Henning and Rosalie Navarro rounded out Rochester’s lineup with a 65 and 75, respectively.
The Lady Tigers play in the Plymouth Invitational Wednesday, while Triton is scheduled to play the same day in the Caston Invitational.

ROCHESTER 195, WARSAW 198, TRITON (no team score)
(Stonehenge, par 36)
Medalist – Kinley Lingenfelter (Roch) 40
Rochester – Kovenant Lingenfelter 47, Karsten Lingenfelter 43, Kinley Lingenfelter 40, Vanessa Henning 65, Rosalie Navarro 75
Warsaw – Alexis Manwaring 41, Kristen Watson 59, Madi Graham 53, Page Desenberg 55, Ash Jain 49, Morgan Fuentes 56
Triton – Hannah Jennings 51, Lilly Berger 62, Kayla Kraft 74