Golfers hit the links in Lawrence today
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
By Sami Fischer and Kelsey Johnson
Many students love the beginning of the school year for fall sports, such as volleyball and football, but this year a different sport gets to start the new year first.
Girls’ golf kicks off fall sports today with the Cat Classic at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence. The team placed fourth there last year.
This year there are 14 teams competing in the tournament, including host school DeSoto/Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission South, and Washburn Rural, with Silver lake being the only Mid-East League school.
Golf Coach Alan Cunningham shared his thoughts on the tournament.
“This is a challenging course at which to begin our season. On top of that, it’s one of the two 18-hole tournaments that we play prior to regionals in October,” Cunningham said.
There are six girls golfing at the tournament: Seniors Jamie Clark and Rachel Holder; Juniors Jordan Sharpe, Rylie Krogman and Tara Bledsoe; and Sophomore Abby Brockmann. Krogman took 10th place at the Silver Lake JV Invitational last September, and Brockmann took 12th place at the Jeff West Invitational last season. Clark medaled at two tournaments last year, while Sharpe finished fifth at regionals.
Cunningham explained why he chose these girls.
“This squad is currently our six best ‘eligible’ golfers so far. It’s very early in the season, and we really haven’t had enough reps to accurately sort the girls according to skill level yet,” Cunningham stated.
Last year the golf team took first at regionals, with Holder placing sixth. The team took seventh at state, with Morgan Athon, Class of 2014, placing fifth.
Without Athon’s leadership, Cunningham explained who he thought would take her place.
“Senior Rachel Holder has the most experience of anyone on the team. Danielle Magee and Jamie Clark are the other seniors, but they haven’t golfed as much as Rachel. As in other activities, the younger girls look up to the seniors to see the right way to act on and off the course. I know that Rachel, Jamie, and Danielle will be fine role models,” Cunningham said.
This year’s team is comprised of 14 girls, with the only thing holding them back is lack of reps. Cunningham shared his outlook on the season.
‘We will be attempting to keep getting better so that we can qualify our team to the state tournament in Emporia. To qualify, we need to be one of the top three schools at the regional tournament that we’re hosting at Lake Shawnee October 13,” Cunningham said.
Check the girls' golf Facebook page throughout the day for updated photos and information: https://www.facebook.com/SLGirlsGolf?fref=ts