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GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules

POSTED: February 20, 2014 4:07 p.m.
 

FORSYTH CENTRAL

Coach: Angela Hurt, first season.

Last season: Finished last in Region 7-AAAAA.

Key returners: None.

Key newcomers: Hannah Walker, soph.

Outlook: Forsyth Central is going to be a young and inexperienced golf team this season. Not only did they not win a match from a year ago and finished in last place in the region, but they don’t return a single player from that team. Sophomore Hannah Walker is one of the few faces that will undoubtedly make an impact for the Bulldogs this season, but anyone after that remains to be seen. "We’re just looking to see where we are," Central head coach Angela Hurt said. "With this being my first year at this school, and to be at a program with no returning golfers, I’m looking to evaluate where we are and what it’s going to take to get to where we want to be."

LAMBERT

Coach: Joel Posey, fifth season.

Last season: Finished first in Region 6-AAAAAA, first at state.

Key returners: Michaela Owen, jr.; Kelsey Fayer, sr.; Olivia Vasquez, sr.; Lauren Lightfritz, soph.; Kayley Marschke, soph.

Key newcomers: Four new freshmen that could potentially make an impact this season.

Outlook: The Lady Longhorns have been somewhat of a powerhouse since the school’s inception in 2009, and coach Joel Posey sees no reason for that to change this season. Michaela Owen, who is verbally committed to Auburn, is the reigning overall low medalist for the state, and Lauren Lightfritz is the defending overall low medalist for the region. This will be the largest team Lambert has ever had, and they actually developed a J.V. team last year, which is almost unheard of in girls’ golf. Posey in convinced that some of his freshmen could be the No. 1 or 2 at a lot of other schools. "I expect this team to be in contention for State," Posey said. "It’s tough to say we’re going to win it, because anything can happen on any given day, but I definitely expect us to be in contention."

NORTH FORSYTH

Coach: Dan Lundy, second season.

Last season: Finished sixth in Region 6-AAAAAA.

Key returners: Sam Metzger, sr.; Bailey Sandoval, sr.; Haley Hendrixson, soph.

Key newcomers: Brittanie Bagwell, sr., Maggie Sullens, fr.

Outlook: Last year didn’t go according to plan for North. Coach Dan Lundy was in his first season at the school and injuries, amongst other things, lead to a disappointing season. But it wasn’t all bad. The Lady Raiders return each of their top three golfers from a year ago, including seniors Bailey Sandoval and Sam Metzger. Metzger is North’s No. 1 and has already signed with Emmanuel College. They also return sophomore Haley Hendrixson, and senior Brittanie Bagwell, who is coming off an ACL surgery. "We need to have everyone there, play our game and avoid injuries," Lundy said. "We should at least make qualifiers this year."

SOUTH FORSYTH

Coach: Ronnie Davis, ninth season.

Last season: Finished seventh in Region 6-AAAAAA.

Key returners: Courtney Elmore, sr.; Lexi Elmore, sr.

Key newcomers: Tiffany Kang, fr.

Outlook: South’s seventh-place finish in the region last year isn’t exactly what they were hoping for, but they didn’t graduate anybody from that team. And Coach Ronnie Davis is also excited about the young crop of talent they have coming in. Their two returning players from last season are the Elmore sisters, Courtney and Lexi. Each of them are seniors, but the lineage doesn’t end there. Their youngest sister, Katelyn Elmore, is a freshman at South, but time will tell if she has the same impact as her older siblings. South could be relying a lot on some their freshmen this season. Tiffany Kang is the most noteworthy freshman, but Coach Davis is hoping that some of the other younger girls can contribute as well. "We just need to grow and get better," Davis said. "We’re just looking for consistent improvement all year."

WEST FORSYTH

Coach: David May, first season.

Last season: Finished fifth in Region 6-AAAAAA.

Key returners: Bella Skinner, sr.; Allie Fletcher, soph.

Key newcomers: Alyssa Gann, jr.

Outlook: West only had two team members last season in Bella Skinner, now a senior, and sophomore Allie Fletcher. Skinner is nationally ranked and has already signed a letter of intent with the University of Georgia. She recorded two hole-in-ones in a single round in a national tournament as a sophomore. David May coached golf for four seasons in Ohio, but this is his first season as the head coach at West. And he’s looking to build this program. "We’re pretty much starting from the ground up with the exception of those two girls," May said. "So if we can just get some kids out here that want to improve and have fun and come back next year we’ll be on the right track."

— Matt Green, For the Forsyth County News

 

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