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Girls Golf season begins Tuesday in Lafayette

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By TR HARLAN

Gone are the familiar faces CHS girls golf fans have gotten used to for the last four years.

But, Coach Dale Hewitt is worried as the Trojans open the 2013 season on Tuesday in the Lafayette Jeff Invitational at Battle Ground Golf Course.

“I think we’ll still be pretty decent and surprise some people,” Hewitt said. “We won’t be the dominant team we were in the past, but we’ll be pretty solid.”

Gone is two-time defending state champion Kelly Grassel, along with classmates Marissa Kroeger and Nicole Dutz.

“It’s hard losing three college players, but we’ve got two players coming back in senior Taryn Trusty and sophomore Gracie Davis,” Hewitt said. “They’ll both be starters at the top of our lineup.”

Trusty also has the job of team leader as the Trojans lone senior.

“Taryn will just continue to improve and use the good short game that she has,” Hewitt said. “She’s got a good head on her shoulders and has a lot of experience.”

Freshman Cara Kroeger should fill in the third spot in the lineup, while the fourth and fifth spot are up for grabs.

“Cara Kroeger comes in this year to be part of that top three and the four and five spots are up for grabs,” Hewitt said. “We’ve got several JV players back from last year in Becca Schmiegel and Rachel Enright. New players like Lexy and Andrea Hanas and Kaylee Casbon will all compete for those last spots.”

“The difference between a decent team and a really good team is the short game,” Hewitt said. “You have to be able to get down in two or three shots in the last 50 yards. Every decent team has girls that can hit the ball. You have to get up and down. That’s what we are going to work on the most.”

The rest of the Trojans’ roster includes Donna Trowbridge, Kaitlynn Mears, Elle Donovan and Rachael Bushue.

“They know they aren’t the team of the last four years, but they also know we have a good program and solid reputation,” Hewitt said. “That helps and I think they are ready to blaze their own trail.”

 

Posted 8/5/2013