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Trojan Girls Golf finishes 12th at Regional

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For Paige House, the idea of ceding her lineup to senior sister Bethany for Saturday's Lafayette Jefferson Regional wasn't that big of a deal.

"I was happy not to have the stress," she said with a laugh.

The tactical move actually played out reasonably well for Bethany and the Trojans as she logged a respectable 102 to score fourth on the team.

"Paige was nice enough to step down and let Bethany come in and play," coach Toby Gentry said. "She had her sister's back. She was OK with the coach's decision. I didn't think we'd be coming in at 330 or whatever to get out. I felt the course fit Bethany's style. She can hit the ball a long way off the tee. Paige is straight down the middle, but not as long. Every once in a while (Bethany) will spray a few, but you can get away with it here. Bethany came in as our No. 5 and shot real well."

The Trojans finished 12th in the field of 18 teams with 383. Culver Academy (341), Western (342) and Crown Point (347) claimed the qualifying berths for the state tournament.

"I think we did pretty well for the (windy) conditions," Gentry said. "I'm satisfied with what we shot. We knew coming in we didn't really have any girls playing great, so we expected to be somewhere around 380. For us to hit it, I was really pleased."

Senior Peyton Martinson, who shot 121 in the sectional as a freshman led the Trojans in her final match with a 92, matching 46s.

"Peyton played really well," Gentry said. "She's a low trajectory hitter, so the wind didn't affect her. It's neat to look back to see what the seniors were shooting as freshmen."

Slowed by a lingering hip ailment, No. 1 Katelyn McCoy, the sole underclassmen in the group, struggled to a 94, including 50 on the front nine. She was one stroke better than Addison Gentry. Zoe Swanson carded a 107.

"We have one girl for sure who wants to play in college, maybe two," Gentry said. "We've got a lot of smart kids on the team. They're going to be running a company some day and they're going to take their clients out and beat them. It was a privilege to coach these kids. They had big hearts, a great work ethic. I couldn't ask any more out of them. They made my first year coaching easy."

In addition to McCoy and Paige House, Miranda Miller and Lizzie Gray will also be in the mix next season.

"I'd like to (come back), if they'll have me," Gentry said. "Maybe state next year. We'll see. No pressure."



Posted 9/29/2020




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