LONG POND, Pa. —
Even though his roster is relatively young, Dragons’ coach Joe Ledbetter thinks he has enough experienced players to have a competitive squad. Ledbetter says the experience level of his team compares to his 2010 squad that qualified for regional.
Silver Creek will be led by sophomores Charlotte Seaton and Lilly Smith. Seaton was two shots away from making it out of the New Albany Sectional last season.
The other returning players are senior Emily Christman, junior Janie Rogers and sophomores Kaela Roberts and Hannah McGrath. Ledbetter says he has four freshmen who show some promise in Liv Schmidt, Ashton Crutcher, Hanna Warren and Keslyn Howard.
Ledbetter says the team’s goals are to win the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament and advance to the regional.
“This season’s outlook I think is bright,” Ledbetter said. “We now have a nucleus of experienced players, including at least two who played tournament golf during the summer, those being Charlotte Seaton and Lilly Smith. With those two leading the way, I believe the others will be pulled along and keep improving. This is a great group with great attitudes toward wanting to improve their golf game. I have high hopes for this team.”
The Musketeers welcome back two returning players in senior Hannah Ingram and sophomore Katelynn Cottongim. Juniors Mary Carlton and Kaliegh Hagen are newcomers to the squad.
“I look forward to seeing the girls further develop into great golfers,” Eastern coach Rhonda McGee said. “This is Hannah’s third year and she is becoming very consistent and a team leader. Katelynn has worked hard and has greatly improved over last year. We should be more competitive this year and look to improving as a team as our new golfers gain experience.”
Red Devil boys’ golf coach Dusty Corum has taken over the reins of the Jeff girls’ golf team this season.
Corum has three veteran players in senior Madison Kane and juniors Jiffy Bishop and Janesse Brooner. Kane missed qualifying for regional last year by one stroke.
“That was by far her best showing last season,” Corum said. “I’m looking for her to make it out of sectional this year. As for the other two, I’m looking for improvement from each one. I hope to get them consistently in the 40s.”
Corum says his team will have a hard time fielding a complete team in most matches due to a lack of numbers.