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July 27, 2012

Consistent play

Trojanettes open golf season Monday

GLASGOW — Senior Taylor Moore was looked on to carry most of the load for the Barren County High School girls’ golf team last season. Moore had ability, knowledge and coach Jill Kinslow wanted her upperclassman to lead the Trojanette charge.

This year, things have changed and, many believe, changed for the good.

Moore has graduated and now Kinslow, instead of looking for one golfer to post the low scores, will be looking to any of seven or eight different players with the potential to win medalist honors. And that consistency, Kinslow believes, could be the little push the Trojanettes need to get them to the district championship.

“We lost our No. 1 player from last year to graduation, but I have had a lot of girls step up and turn in some good scores,” Kinslow said. “I have some young girls that are turning in very good scores.”

Kinslow and the Trojanettes officially open the 2012 campaign on Monday at the Lady Scottie Golf Invitational. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at the Glasgow Golf and Country Club.

“Preseason practice has been going well, but with girls, golf comes down to what it always does. They’re great off the tee, it is their short game, 100 yards in, that kills them. It never changes,” Kinslow said. “I think the short game takes more concentration. When you’re in high school, you’re not out on the course thinking about golf. As you get older you get a better short game.”

Kinslow hopes age will play a factor for BCHS this year as she looks to seniors Amber Jewell and Brooke Renfro to lead the team.

“Amber is our captain and our leader. She does a really good job with this team,” Kinslow said. “She’s great off the tee and she can drive the ball far. But she needs to work on her chipping. Brooke is doing a good job in the preseason, she just needs to work on her consistency.”

However, after Jewell and Renfro, the Trojanettes’ roster gets very young.

“Kylie Withrow is a sophomore, but she’s already impressed me this year. She played some really good golf this summer on the Pepsi Tour. Emmory Shipley started last year very well, shooting in the 30s almost every round. But she developed a case of the shanks. She has overcame that now, pulled her game back together, and I am looking for great things from her.

“Lyn Dawsyn Steenbergen is just a freshman and I have seen wonderful things from her this year. She’s improved, it seems, like a stroke a hole. She is getting some consistent scores in and that’s what it takes to get better.”

Filling out the Barren County roster this year will be Mariah Hughes, Dymie Howard, MiKayla Wyatt, Jill Florence, Courtney Withrow, Marlie Shipley and Lilly Shipley.

“Mariah Hughes is a freshman and she’s gotten a lot stronger this year. She needs to work on her putting, but I think she will be a leader on this team,” said Kinslow. “Dymie Howard is an eighth-grader and Cortney Withrow is a seventh-grader. She has a lot of power, but she’s not sure yet what to do with that power. She needs to focus on being consistent.

“Jill Florence is going into the seventh grade and she is consistently turning in scores in practice rounds in the low 40s. She plays almost every day and that’s what it takes to get better. You can’t just come to practice and expect to get where you need to be. MiKayla Wyatt and Megan Swindle are in the seventh grade and very focused.”

Glasgow will also have two fifth-graders on the roster in Lilly Shipley and Marlie Shipley.

Kinslow said her schedule continues to be tough and this year is no exception.

After Monday’s Lady Scottie Invitational, the Trojanettes will host Grayson County on Tuesday. Other tournaments include the district tournament on Aug. 8 and the first annual Barren County Invitational, sponsored by the Glasgow Daily Times, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Barren River State Park.

“Our schedule stays the same every year. It is tough, but I think we have a good chance to do well this year,” said Kinslow. “We have girls that have stepped up. I have seven girls competing for the top five ... That depth is pretty important.

“I don’t think we’ve ever won the district in golf. But if we can just go out and play consistent golf, and play our best golf, and not try to worry about beating anyone ... we’ve got a good chance.”

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