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Girls’ golf looks to contend

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Return state qualifier

By Jesse Osbourne

Never mind their youth, these girls have experience.

Girls’ golf Head Coach Danny McFall lost no players to graduation from a team that contended for the region last year and sent Olivia Carrico to the state tournament as an individual qualifier.

"I think we'll have a good season this year.  Last year we finished third in the region. We were right there in the top two and I thought we were going to make it. We surprised a lot of people in that regional tournament," McFall said.

Though there are no seniors on this squad, McFall sees his players as veterans because they've logged several years of play.

The Lady Knights have a solid top four but are still competing to find the fifth person for match play.

Hayley Abell, Amy Brown, Olivia Carrico and Taylor Howard make up the top four, while Macy McFall, Brianna Reynolds and Emma Thompson are playing for the fifth spot.

McFall said Abell is averaging a 43 through nine, while Brown and Carrico are shooting in the low to mid forties. Howard is shooting around 47 or 48 while the girls competing for the fifth spot are shooting in the low to mid fifties.

"We have four good players that could easily average in the forties. I'm looking forward to it," McFall said. "We focus a lot on team. They get along well and support each other. They do all get along very well. That means a lot."

McFall did lose Victoria Browning, who moved with her family. He did gain two new players in Howard and his daughter, Macy McFall. Howard is a sophomore and McFall is an eighth grader.

"Both new editions are showing great promise. Taylor is practicing very well. All the girls are playing well," McFall said.

The Lady Knights schedule includes four tournaments, one of which is the Kentucky Invitational Tournament on August 22. The KIT is a preview of the state tournament and will draw the best teams in the state. They'll also play in the Fort Knox Classic, which draws a lot of Jefferson County teams.

In the region they'll have to battle Green County and Taylor County. Washington County will also be strong competition for the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights begin their season on August 3 against Taylor County and Campbellsville at Campbellsville Country Club. Their first home match is Aug. 6 against Green County at Rosewood Golf Course.