Consistent the key for Lady Rocket golfers

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Girls head to Bowling Green for big tournament test

By Todd Martin

The SCHS girls’ golf team has consistently finished in the top four in tournament play all season and the girls will put that record to the test this weekend in Bowling Green while getting a preview of the State Tournament course.

Coming off a third place finish at the Gene Hilen Memorial Tournament this past Saturday, the Lady Rockets feel confident.

Junior Michaela Manley, who fired a 77 to tie for fifth place, said she’s feeling good as the team preps for Bowling Green.

“I think that round gave me some confidence,” she said. “I came back out here [to Weissinger Hills] and shot a 75 [Sunday], so hopefully that can carry over.”

While the team’s score has been consistent all year, the Lady Rockets have had struggles individually.

“What it looks like, is everybody has a bad round,” Coach Anna Simpson said. “We’ve been so close [to wins], but that one bad score is keeping us out. As long as we’re in the top three or four, we’re playing well. But once we get all four girls on good rounds together, we’ll be in great shape.”

Sophomore Shannon Harover said the improvement this year is there.

“I think we’re getting better more than it shows,” she said. “Everybody is playing better, but we just haven’t had everybody put their best round together lately.”

Simpson said she’s not that worried because she treats the regular season as a warm-up.

“Tournaments and matches, especially matches, are just like practice for the regional when it really starts to matter,” she said. “I like tournaments because you can see how the girls respond to different situations and they’re playing 18 holes, but really we’re just focusing everything on the region.”

The girls feel like they’re ready to see Bowling Green Country Club again. It will be the first time since last year’s State Tournament the girls have been on the course.

“Our practices have been good,” Harover said. “I think we’ll be ready, and the pressure of a big tournament won’t bother us even though we’re a young team.”

Added Manly: “As long a we keep our focus, we’ll be fine.”

The girls will get a good look at regional foe Sacred Heart, and some western Kentucky teams that they don’t get to see much during the season.

“The main competition that I can see will be Sacred Heart, Russell County, West Jessamine and probably Bowling Green,” Simpson said. “We’ll be playing with Allen County-Scottsville and Hopkins County Central, and I don’t really know anything about them.”

But, no matter the competition, the Lady Rockets will be ready.

“We’re just excited to play,” Manley said. “Anything can happen with good rounds and bad. If everybody has a good round on the same day, you’re set.”