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May 15, 2014

Coppess marked 2nd

CLINTON — Despite not having the prettiest day on the course, Clinton takes the win 226-246 against Davenport North at The Oaks in Clinton.

Brittany Coppess, the top golfer for the River Queens, finished second behind Mary Marker. Coppess finished with 46 shots while Marker marked the top spot with one less stroke.

Coppess had just one par on an afternoon where Clinton coach Dan Sullivan says the dual is a “midseason funk,” and “Sully” believes it can be a cause for concern.

“I’m hoping we just caught a fluke tonight,” Sulllivan said. “It makes you wonder if you’re doing too much or not enough, or whether they’re involved with too many things this time of the year and golf is in the way. I just want them to get better, and when they have a meet like this where they don’t improve, I wonder if they’re doing the things they need to be doing to get better.

Sullivan did find a silver lining in his thought process.

“I would rather have them have a bad night like tonight than during regionals,” he said. “If I can get them to play better each time, but if they take a step back, maybe it’s a good thing to show them what needs to be worked on.”

It also did not help that the River Queens sent just four girls to the course on Wednesday due to many either having extracurricular conflicts, or others being ill. The dual turned into a 4-on-4 competition, which may have made some of the Clinton golfers out-of-sorts on the course.

“It makes it difficult to concentrate,” Sullivan said. “We just had the MAC meet two days ago where the girls could be drained from playing in that type of 18-hole tournament, too.”

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