The Smith-Cotton girls golf team is looking to improve.
For junior Brooklyn Boeschen, that means working on her consistency as well as the mental part of the game, staying positive throughout the round.
“It’s gotten a lot better,” she said. “It takes time, but it’s gotten better.”
Second-year coach Chris Guffey sees 2015 as a learning year for his team.
“We’ve got some girls with potential and we’ve just got to refine that a little bit and get a bit better at some of the fundamentals,” he said. “I think by the end of the year, we’ll be pretty competitive.”
The Lady Tigers sent four golfers to the sectional last fall and two to state. The current S-C team follows in the footsteps of Ali Bankovich and Olivia Funk who qualified for the state meet in 2014.
“They were positive and they didn’t let bad shots get to them and they were always working hard in practice,” said senior Peyton Sharp.
Sharp and Annie Guier both return this fall after they qualified for the sectional meet in 2014. Guier shot a 97 at the 2014 sectional, missing state qualification by three strokes.
Guffey thinks there are some players on the 2015 roster who could be there this year, but that is not the team’s focus early in the season.
“Right now what we want to think about is just getting better,” Guffey said. “We want to try and peak at just the right moment like we did last year. If you look at our team and individual scores, they went down and down and down as the year went on. If we improve every week, then when we get to the end of the year, the scores are going to be where they need to be to move on.”
The team has five players — four return from last year’s team and Allison Prenger has transferred in from Sacred Heart.
“We’re going to have to get some more players,” Guffey said. “We’re going to have to work on getting some of these younger girls interested in playing golf for the future. We did get hurt losing some seniors but we’re going to be OK. We’ve got some major improvement from some of our younger girls and our older girls have shown improvement already.”
The Lady Tigers open the season at Warrensburg Aug. 21.
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