Gremlins golf focused on short game


By Jason Strickland - [email protected]



Abby Smeltzer practices approach shots during Tuesday’s practice at the Sedalia Country Club.


Olivia Sobaski practices her approach to the green Tuesday at the Sedalia Country Club.


By Jason Strickland

[email protected]

Abby Smeltzer practices approach shots during Tuesday’s practice at the Sedalia Country Club.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_LEAD-ART-SMELTZER-APPROACH.jpgAbby Smeltzer practices approach shots during Tuesday’s practice at the Sedalia Country Club.

Olivia Sobaski practices her approach to the green Tuesday at the Sedalia Country Club.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_SECONDARY-ART-SOBASKI-PRACTICE.jpgOlivia Sobaski practices her approach to the green Tuesday at the Sedalia Country Club.

There’s a lot of anticipation for the start of the season for the Sacred Heart girls golf team.

The Gremlins get started Friday at Warrensburg and play at the Sedalia Country Club on Monday against Smith-Cotton and Green Ridge.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Abby Smeltzer. “We’ve got a great team this year and we all work together really well.”

Smeltzer is one of four returning players that went to sectionals last season. Olivia Sobaski, Claire Sobaski and Julianna Bourgeret all qualified for sectionals last season. Olivia Sobaski won the tournament and tied for 15th in the state tournament last season.

“I think they all come out and work hard ever day,” Olivia Sobasi said. “As long as we keep that up, everyone’s going to make improvements.”

Olivia Sobaski has been practicing for the season all summer, playing at various courses against different players.

“Always just working on getting those stats up,” Olivia Sobaski said. “You want to hit as many as fairways and greens in regulation as you can. I played a lot of summer ball, so I saw a lot of different courses and played against a lot of different golfers. One thing is true is the best golfers hit more fairways and greens in regulation.”

The area the entire team is striving to improve in is putting and short game in general.

“We’ve been working on the short game quite a bit,” said coach Julie Sobaski. “(Monday) they played several holes. They are just trying to put it all together.”

Smeltzer said her short game has been “a constant struggle” for her, but also wants to improve her swing.

“It’s gotten a lot better,” she said. “I’ve become a lot better golfer since last year.”

Consistency is another area the team is working on this season.

“We’ve had a big emphasis this year on developing routines,” said coach Steve Sobaski. “Routines for hitting shots, routines for hitting putts, routines for chips. We’re developing a process that we’re asking our girls to follow. In doing that, the goal is to be more consistent.”

The Gremlins hope consistent play can help them reach the state tournament as a team. The Gremlins took second in districts and fifth at sectionals last season.

“I think we can make it to state,” Smeltzer said.

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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