2017 Girls’ Golf Season is Underway


Dillon Sonntag

The girls’ golf team is coming off a State title with a winning margin of over 40 strokes. Coach Kathy Hobson has high expectations this season with returning 5 of the 6 varsity players from last year, losing only Erin Olsen.

Olsen played a key role and was pivotal to the Trojans’ success day in and day out the last four years. She was lucky enough to play at the State tournament all four years and come home with two State titles, her junior and senior year.

Coach Hobson said, “Losing Erin leaves a big void to fill. Brooke Newell will continue to lead us but in order to replace Erin, all others need to drop 2-4 strokes from their averages and then play consistently.”

Hobson said their main focus right now at practice will be on putting and chipping. She believes that those two things are what make or break a round, and if the girls can improve in that part of their game, then they will be able to take off 2-4 strokes per meet.

“The ultimate goal is to get back to State and defend our title. We have the potential to be a top team again if everything comes together – skill improvement and competitive play leading up to regionals. We can’t take our game for granted,” said Hobson.

“The girl’s are going to have to handle the pressure that is on them,” explained Hobson as everyone will be out to get them this season. “If they can manage all the publicity and expectations and just play their game, then they should be just fine. Our biggest hurdle is ourselves – we all have to forget the last shot and move forward,” said Hobson.

The girls’ first meet is Tuesday April 6, in Creston.