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Girls' golf team hammers Anderson

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' golf team continues to go lower and lower.

The girls shot a 156, their lowest nine-hole match score in several years, to drill Anderson County by more than 50 strokes Tuesday.

"They just continue to do it," SCHS Coach Susan Wiley said. "They are just having a good time and playing well. We haven't been in the 150s in a long time."

Anderson County's 208 put no pressure on the Lady Rockets, and the team just went out and played loose.

Candice Wiley and Shannon Harover were the two top scorers, each finishing with 38, and Michaela Manley and Jordan Webb each finished with 40. The entire team beat Anderson's top player, who shot 43.

Coach Wiley said confidence is the biggest difference for her team.

"Shannon and Michaela are just now getting the confidence they need," she said. "If they have a bad shot or a bad hole, they're able to put it behind them.

"We've worked on following a bad shot with a good one, and now that's what they're doing -- that's why their scores keep dropping. They aren't losing focus on the whole picture [the entire round]."

Another big reason for the Rockets success, Wiley said, is parents.

"We have 100 percent parent participation," she said. "Now, we only have five kids, but even at practice they don't just drop them off. They walk all nine holes with them and help. When a girl hits a bad shot or one that could be better, there's always someone right there that's helping them think about it on the course. That's especially important when I have girls spread out over nine holes."

The Lady Rockets will travel to Lakeside Golf Course in Lexington this weekend for the Henry Clay Invitational. The girls got a preview of the course Thursday in a match with Henry Clay and Franklin County.

"That gives us a chance to at least see nine holes before we go up for the tournament," Wiley said. "It's a big advantage for us."