MENDHAM _ Lindsay Perrin and her older brother, Jay, like to compete against one another.
Most days, the two can be found on the practice green at Mendham Golf & Tennis Club engaging in a fierce yet friendly putting competition.
"We have family contests," Lindsay Perrin said. "It's fun. The contests are entertaining but competitive. I love practicing putting."
It's no surprise then that Perrin considers putting one of her fortes. Overall, the Mendham High School freshman boasts a very mature set of skills. On Tuesday, April 19, in a match against Montville, she shot a 45 over nine holes at Mendham Golf & Tennis Club, her home course.
The score was several strokes off her best. Perrin, who fired a low of 42 during the summer of 2015, was satisfied with the outcome considering she started and finished her round with triple bogeys.
In between the bogeys, her game was more steady as she carded a birdie on No. 6, a par 4, and two pars. The wind, Perrin said, did not hinder her round. Her ball found the bunker on the first hole. On No. 9, Perrin hit into the water.
"My irons were good and that helped a lot," she said. "I was consistent with my irons, especially my 7 and 8."
She enjoys playing on her home layout because she knows its nuances and usually can recover quickly if she has a bad hole.
"I come here just about every day so I'm familiar with it," Perrin said. "I know the right places to hit the ball. When I mess up, I can figure out how to set up for the next shot."
When Perrin got her birdie, she had a 180-yard drive. Her second shot, from 120 yards out, landed on the green two and half feet from the pin. She dropped the putt, completing the hole in three strokes.
Perrin's mother, Laura, who played for Rutgers University and won the women's club championship at Mendham twice, got her children interested in golf. Jay, a junior, is on the high school boys squad. Merit, in sixth grade, is also a golfer and takes part in those fierce family putting contests.
"When I was little, my mom would take me to play one or two holes," said Perrin, who recalls picking up a club at 7 and traversing the course by the age of 10 or 11.
Perrin, whose athletic abilities are evident as well in field hockey and basketball, is aiming to be consistently in the low 40s. She is looking forward to the upcoming Morris County and NJAC Championships.
"I'm a little nervous about the tournaments but excited at the same time," she said.
Sophomores Sophia Hwang and Pooja Shetty had the top scores for the Mustangs in the match.
"We're a young team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Montville coach Pete Porter said. "They're developing nicely and getting better each week."