Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 28, 2012

The beat goes on

New faces, same high expectations for GHS golfers

GLASGOW — There has been a changing of the guard with the Glasgow High School girls’ golf team, but the expectations for the proud program haven’t changed. First-year head coach Kellie Lee, who takes over for Jonathan Belcher, believes the Lady Scotties can once again close out their golf season with a trip to the state tournament.

“I think we will be contenders in our district and region this year,” said Lee.

“We have three juniors in Emily Alexander, Ashton Foushee, and Taylor Phelps. And all three have been diligently working on their games and will be great assets to the team.

“We have quite a few middle school players on the team this year and they’ve been working very hard on their games, too. I feel really good about this team and the fact they’re all working toward the goal of getting to the state tournament.”

Lee is no stranger to the game of golf. She played for North Hardin High School and after graduation, she had a stellar career at Western Kentucky University.

And before taking over the helm of the Lady Scotties, Lee coached golf at Bowling Green High School for several years. She is now a math teacher at Glasgow High School.

The tradition of success the Lady Scotties have had over the years brings with it, naturally, a sense of pressure.

Lee; however, said she hasn’t seen any signs of pressure since beginning practice a couple of weeks ago.

“I think because the girls have been working hard over the summer, I think we’re just refining some things now,” Lee said. “You can’t really work on things during a match, you have to deal with you have and I think I have some positive girls that are ready to compete. We want to get the season started. We won’t know the quality of our practice until we play a match. Then we can see what we need to work on.”

Glasgow will get the season started Saturday morning in the Green County Invitational in Greensburg before hosting the Lady Scottie Invitational on Monday at the Glasgow Golf and Country Club.

“I have three very strong juniors that can post scores in the 70s. I have some younger kids that are breaking 90 consistently,” said Lee. “I am looking forward to competing.”

Juniors Emily Alexander, Ashton Foushee and Taylor Phelps will be looked to for leadership for this young team. After that the Lady Scotties will look to eighth-graders Tess Hatton, Katie Jones and Emmalee Lawrence. Rounding out the Glasgow roster will be seventh-graders Canzada Harbison and Cara Medford.

“Each of these girls have their own strengths,” said Lee. “Some have good short games and some are good off the tee. What I have had them focusing on is course management. I think it is a good asset for any player to be able to look at the big picture.”

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