Casey Ellis takes another season coaching the Lady Leopards golf team, and with most of her returning golfers on the lineup, the season looks promising. “I love the enthusiasm these kids have to come out and play because this is a lifelong sport,” said Ellis.
Even though most of her golfers participate in other sports, Ellis is happy to have one young student-athlete, a freshman who recently graduated from Parrott Middle School, Katelyn Carlsen. Carlsen happens to be an avid golfer, and Coach Ellis is interested in seeing her development in her first year. “This has been the first time in a long time that I have had somebody that actually golfs (full-time). So that’s going to be exciting to see what all she (Katelyn Carlsen) accomplishes throughout the season,” said Ellis.
The Lady Leopards match up with Springstead on their home course, Brooksville Country Club, on August 31. Ellis stated that after this first match, they would be able to see what they need to improve on, and from what she mentioned about the challenges her girls had on their short game last season, developing that skill is a top priority.
“Our short game is going to be key to being successful,” Ellis said. “I have to gear towards what suits them best. Not all of us hit the same way, so I have to take a look at them and figure out what we can do to make them successful.”
Overall, Coach Ellis is happy with her returning lady golfers and looking forward to another season of golf. “They are such great kids. All I want them to do is get out here, have fun, and continue to get better every day,” Ellis said.