The Howe Lady Bulldogs battled the competition and the elements at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster on March 21 and came home with a first-place finish.

Stiff southerly breezes made the going a bit rough and the slightly higher scores reflected that hardship.

Peyton Groves, Meradith Ross and Charlsee Carter each fired a 94 to make it a three-way, Lady Bulldog tie for the top spot in the field.

The team finished first with a 386 score over the scenic course.

Anna Counts shot 104 and Molly Wilson had a 116. The team total is taken from the cards of the lowest four players.

Turtle Hill, especially its signature 11th hole, offers golfers some unique challenges over the 18 holes. Number 11 is a par-3 with a tee box over 120 feet above the green. On days like Tuesday the view northward stretches for almost seven miles, well into Oklahoma.

The team will return to familiar territory for its next three outings, all at Stone Creek in Sherman.

On March 27, Whitesboro will be the host high school, with play teeing off at 9:00.

Commerce High School will host an April 5 event at Stone Creek, with play starting at 8:30.

On April 10, boys and girls teams from District 10-3A will meet for the district championships,plus regional berths, at the Sherman course.