The start to the girls golf season was rough, with the weather being a major factor.
“I have new girls and two returning. I felt like coming into our first match last Thursday, I didn’t prepare my kids enough. We had rainouts and weren’t able to get on the course,” said Hernando girls golf coach Casey Ellis. She explained further, “They came out last week and did amazing. It made me feel better… Obviously they are comprehending it (the game), they are trying to get better each and every time we step out here. For them to keep coming back to a sport that is not easy to pick up and play, I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with how well these group of girls are doing.”
“I am lucky to have all returning players except for one,” said Springstead girls golf coach Sarah Bell. “Just trying to get out there and work on the skills they need to focus on.”
Focus is the key in this sport and many high school student-athletes play more than one sport. All of Hernando’s golf team members participate in other sports.
“I have some that are in three sports, and I think that shows you their character, especially with a game that is not easy… This sport can be very frustrating, and they handle it so well,” Ellis said.
“Golf is one of those sports that teaches you about the head game. If you play another sport, golf will teach you how to manage your emotions probably better than any other sport out there. It’s very humbling,” Bell explained.
On Thursday, September 5, Springstead and Hernando ladies golfers matched up for a nine-hole competition at Brooksville Country Club. Hernando’s Gabby Sietsema scored at 63 and Springstead’s Kayleigh Marquart came in with a 57. Hernando’s Courtney Taylor followed them at 65 and Springstead’s Angel Ellis at 60. The overall scores: Hernando scored a total of 267 having seven active golfers and Springstead totaling 253 with five golfers on the green.
Upcoming Girls matches:
September 19 Hernando, Springstead and Central meet on the green at Oak Hill Country Club in Spring Hill.