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New coach has senior dominated teams

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

After weeks of practicing, the Marion County High School boys and girls golf teams are ready for their seasons to begin. With first year Head Coach Chad Spalding at the helm, this season will likely be a learning experience.
“We are a senior dominated group with both the girls and boys,” he said. “The girls team has three very experienced golfers and should have a lot of success, if we can stay healthy. While the girls team has experience, the boys team has depth.”
This season’s girls team will only feature four players. Five players from each school are allowed to participate in matches and tournaments, with the top four scores being used to calculate the team’s score. This means that all four girls’ scores will count in each and every match and tournament they participate in.
Amy Brown and Olivia Carrico will lead the girls team this season.
“Both girls have the ability to shoot in the upper 70’s and low 80’s every time they go out on the course” Spalding said.
Both Brown and Carrico played in tournaments over the summer on the Junior Pepsi Tour and Brown received golfer of the year in her age group, according to Spalding. Taylor Howard and Brianna Reynolds are the other two golfers that will play a major role in the success of the Lady Knight golf team.
Joseph Elder will lead the boys squad.
“Elder is a senior and a division I talent,” Spalding said. “He was one of the best players on last year’s team, and has refined his game this past spring and summer to become one of the best players in the state.”
Along with Brown and Carrico, Elder has played on the Junior Pepsi Tour, and has posted some impressive scores. Recently, Elder also captured the low score crown at the member/guest tournament at Rosewood Golf Club by shooting a five under par.
Blair Gorley and Logan Medley have some varsity experience, and have played steady golf in practice thus far and will be counted on heavily to score for us, according to Coach Spalding. Aaron Hamilton, Casey Lee, and Koury Hundley will be battling it out for the final two spots in the top five along with Elder, Gorley, and Medley.
“We have some depth on the boys team, which is good, because if we have a guy or two not playing well we can insert two more guys and give them a chance to score for us,” Spalding said.
Both the boys and girls seasons began Monday. The girls played in the Henry County Invitational and the boys played in Cumberland County as part of the Dale Hollow Invitational. The teams will be on the road over the first week and a half of the season before hosting their first home matches on Aug. 11 against Bardstown. The girls team will play in 17 matches and tournaments over the season with 11 of those being on the road. The boys team will play 19 times and 12 of those are away from Rosewood Golf Club.