Girls' golf off to fast start

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School girls' golf team started their campaign for a region title off on the right note last week, getting two wins in match play.

On Thursday, the Lady Knights scored possibly their lowest team round in the last three seasons when they easily beat Casey County 174 to 210.

"I think we've been as low as 178 and 179 but never down to a 174," Head Coach Danny McFall said. "I think for us just starting our season we've played very, very well."

No. 3 golfer Olivia Carrico led the way for the Lady Knights, out shooting Emily Vaughn 39 to 53. Number two golfer Amy Brown was close behind, besting Katy Laman 40 to 50.

No. 1 golfer Hayley Abell shot a respectable 43 to beat out Jenna Rousey with a 50.

Taylor Howard shot a 52, beating out Natalie McAninch with a 57. Brianna Reynolds rounded out the match with a 58, besting Alex Streeval's 59.

On Monday, the Lady Knights traveled to Lincoln Homestead State Park to play Washington County.

With only three golfers suiting up for Washington County, Marion County automatically won the match.

Abell led the way to start the season with a 43. Amanda Cox out shot everyone with a 39.

Brown finished with a 44, enough to beat Callie Harmon's 48. Olivia Carrico also had a 44, enough to best Emily Cox's 50.

Brianna Reynolds shot a season low 50 and Taylor Howard shot a 52. The Lady Knights finished with a team score of 181.

The Lady Knights will need to continue their strong play as they host defending champion Green County on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Rosewood Golf Course in a dual match with the boy's golf team.

"I believe they lost one senior. Four of their top players are coming back, so they're still pretty tough to beat," McFall said. "I think we can hang right there with them."

The Lady Knights travel to Pulaski County on Saturday for the Pulaski Invitational. On Tuesday they host Adair County. The match begins at 4 p.m.