The girls golf team has had quite a successful season — they have won nine matches, placed second at conference and third at sectionals, and have regionals coming up. The team improved since last year by shooting nine strokes better than their average and six strokes at the Mid-Southern Conference, where they placed second with only two strokes behind Brownstown.
“Due to the fact they played really well, I was really pleased with their performance that day,” coach Bob McGannon said.
It was also a very good season of team growth and bonding.
“This is the closest I’ve ever been to my teammates all four years of golf. Everyone gets along and is super supportive,” senior Jordyn Johnson said.
“There’s only eight girls total. We practice together and play together for eight weeks straight, so it’s hard not to bond with one and another,” McGannon said. “If they didn’t get along, it would make for a very long season. Instead, it seems to fly by because there’s never any drama.”
Having a successful season does not mean the team did not have to overcome some struggles. The team had to cut their first month of practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The main struggle was that practice couldn’t begin until mid-July. Typically, we start in June with conditioning and are able to be ready by the first of August; however, this year basically matches started two-weeks after we started practice,” McGannon said.
As for the players, Johnson would have liked to have the month of practice that were lost early in the season, but the team persevered.
“The pandemic ended up causing our practices to start a month later than scheduled. It would have been helpful to have that month of practice, but we’ve really pulled it together at the end of our season,” Johnson said.
The most important thing is that the team had fun during their season and made good memories with each other.
“My favorite memory is when Emma [Lynn] hit me with a golf ball. It honestly didn’t really hurt; it was just really funny.” Johnson said.