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Girls tee off Monday at Midland Trail Golf Course

By Todd Martin

The SCHS girls’ golf team has been back and forth with Sacred Heart all season, and the two will go out at it one more time on Monday at Midland Trail Golf Course in Eastwood.

.“I think the team is ready,” SCHS Coach Anna Simpson said. “Everyone, except Lilly Young, has been in this position before and knows what it takes to do well.”

The girls won their first region title last season, and backing it up will be a tough task.

“Finishing our tournaments [top three in all seven] and matches [7-1] as strong as we did was a promising sign,” Simpson said. “We have had two practice rounds there [at Midland Trail], and the girls seem to be hitting well on the course.”

Distance could be a factor because the course looks to play between 5,700 and 5,800 yards.

“We didn’t keep score during those rounds,” Simpson said. “I just wanted the girls to get used to the layout, yardages and hitting the correct clubs. I think longer courses are an advantage for us because I consider our top four players to be long hitters.”

The one difference Simpson noted at Midland Trail is the greens.

“The big adjustment I’ve seen us have to make at Midland Trail are the greens,” she said. “They seem slower than the greens we have played throughout the season, but who knows how short they will mow them for Monday.”

After a third-place finish at the Henry Clay Invitational this past weekend, the girls seem to be ready.

Shelby shot a 339 on a long course and lost only to a school from Marion, Ill., (321) and Glasgow, which finished second with a 330.

Michaela Manley was tops for Shelby, with an 81, and was followed closely by Shannon Harover’s 82. The two finished tied for 14th and 17th respectively.

Jordan Webb and Madison Thomas rounded out the top four with 89s, and Lilly Young finished with a 106, 30 strokes better than her first 18-hole score this year.

The girls followed that Monday with a dominating, nine-hole victory over Christian Academy-Louisville, 164-235.

“I have every confidence in the girls’ abilities,” Simpson said. “If they can just stay positive and give a hundred and ten percent throughout their rounds, I am convinced we can take first or second and make it back to the state tournament in Bowling Green. These young women deserve that.”